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Black-eared Wood Quail - BirdForum Opus

Odontophorus melanotis


22–28 cm (8¾-11 in)

  • Bare ring encircling purple eye

Similar Species

Rufous-fronted Wood Quail, which has a white band round the throat.


Central and South America
Central America: Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • O. m. verecundus:
  • O. m. melanotis:


They are to be found in tropical and sub-tropical forests at heights around 450–1600 m.



There is little information available, but they scratch in the leaf litter probably for fallen fruit and insects.


There is a lack of detailed information. They are thought to be monogamous. They build a lined nest excavated in the buttress roots of trees.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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