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Rufous-breasted Wood Quail - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
San Martín, Peru, January 2017
Odontophorus speciosus


24–28 cm (9½-11 in)

  • Rufous-chestnut breast and belly
  • Dark brown crown with black borders


South America: found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.



Photo by Stanley Jones
Reserva Arena Blanca, Aguas Verdes, San Martín, Peru, January 2017

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • O. s. soderstromii:
  • O. s. speciosus:
  • Tropical east-central Peru
  • O. s. loricatus:
  • Tropical south-eastern Peru and eastern Bolivia


Sub-tropical and tropical lowland forests. Disturbed secondary rain forest. Generally at heights around 800 m and 1750 m.



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


The only information appears to be that recently hatch chicks were seen from June to August.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)
  3. BF Member observations

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