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Black-fronted Wood Quail - BirdForum Opus

Odontophorus atrifrons
Photo by max1
Santa Marta mountains, Columbia, February, 2016


28-30 cm

  • Face and throat is black
  • Chestnut crest and hind crown appears short and bushy
  • Brown body with buff, greyish and black vermiculations on upperparts
  • Greyish-brown breast with indistinct white spots
  • Cinnamon-buff belly streaked black.


South America: found in Colombia and Venezuela.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • O. a. atrifrons:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • O. a. variegatus:
  • O. a. navai:


Dense undergrowth in montane humid forests at heights of around 1,200-3,100 m.



Little information available, but they scratch in the leaf litter, apparently for fruit and insects, in the same way as similar species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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