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Spotted Wood Quail - BirdForum Opus

Odontophorus guttatus
Photo by Stanley Jones
Province of San Jose, Costa Rica, February, 2014
Photo by costaricanbirdwatcher
Talamanca Range, Costa Rica


23–28 cm: male slightly larger than the female

  • Orange crest (raised when excited)
  • Upperparts dark brown with black and rufous flecks
  • Olive brown underparts with white spots
  • Dark brown forehead
  • Cheeks and throat are black streaked with white

Sexes are similar, but the female has a duller crest
Immature: smaller, more buff-tinted spotting

  • Throat is dusky rather than black

There is a colour morph with white-spotted rufous underparts


South America: found in south-eastern Mexico, Costa Rica and extreme western Panama.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dense understory thickets or bamboos. Tropical and secondary forest at heights around 500–3000 m.



The eggs are creamy-white with brown spots.


Largely vegetarian, eating seeds, bulbs, nut flesh and rootlets; insects are also taken. They forage on the ground.


  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/
  1. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)
  2. Wikipedia

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