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Photo by Pitter
Dapa, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, July 2017
Odontophorus hyperythrus


25-29cm (9¾-11½ in)

  • Brown vermiculated black upperparts
  • Rufous chestnut underparts and sides to head
  • Pale rufous breast and belly
  • Black spotted scapulars
  • Buff and grey marked nape and wings
  • Bare area around eye
  • White streak behind eye

Female: similar, grey brown breast and belly


South America: found in western and central Andes of Colombia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist montane subtropical forests at elevations around 1600–2800 m; thick second growth and forest borders.



Their main diet consists of seeds and berries, with the possible addition of insects.

They scratch around in the leaf litter for roots and fallen seeds and berries.


  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. A Guide to the Birds of Colombia
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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Chestnut Wood Quail