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Synoicus monorthonyx



  • Rufous ground color with dark brown barring dominating the upperside and sparser on the underside
  • Yellowish-horn coloured bill
  • Yellow legs
  • Brown iris

Female: whitish underparts, barring is blacker than in the male


Snow Mountains and Star Mountains of Irian Papua, New Guinea.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly placed in genus Anurophasis.


Alpine grasslands of Snow Mountains between c.3,000 and 4,200 m.



The clutch consists of 3 pale brown, dark-spotted eggs. The nest is hollowed out under a tussock of grass.


The diet includes seeds, flowers, leaves and other vegetation matters.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. McGowan, P. J. K., G. M. Kirwan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2021). Snow Mountain Quail (Synoicus monorthonyx), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.snmqua2.01.1

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