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Photo by Abirder199
Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru, October 2015
Odontophorus balliviani


26-28 cm (10¼-11 in).

  • Chestnut crest and crown bordered by buff
  • Red eyering with black stripe behind eye extending along edge of nape
  • Brown overall plumage
  • Buff throat, with lines of white streaks becoming diamond-shaped spots, bordered by black on breast, belly and flanks
  • Back and rump mottled with black vermiculations
  • Brown wings with black and chestnut spots

Females are similar but have fewer white streaks on throat and are more rufous below and paler brown above.


South America: Andes of southeast Peru and northern Bolivia.
Uncommon in Peru, rarely seen in the wild. Probably under threat from deforestation, agriculture and urbanization.


This is a monotypic species.


Found in montane subtropical forest with lots of tree ferns, bamboos and epiphytes. Favours gulleys.
Occurs at 1000 to 3300 m, sometimes down to 800 m.



No information.


Almost nothing known. Song regularly heard in May in Bolivia.


Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1994. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334153

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