Rufous-breasted wood quail


Rufous-breasted wood quail
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Odontophoridae
Genus: Odontophorus
O. speciosus
Binomial name
Odontophorus speciosus
Tschudi, 1843
Odontophorus speciosus map.svg

The rufous-breasted wood quail (Odontophorus speciosus) is a species of bird in the family Odontophoridae. It is found in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru primarily on the east side of the Andes between 800 and 2000m in elevation (higher in Peru).[2]

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

It has been listed as near threatened as a result of a predicted 25-30% population decline over the coming generations due to threats such as habitat fragmentation and hunting.[3]


The Rufous-brested wood quail eats insects and nuts especially in summer, as well as plants. Unlike many other bird species, they require a high protein diet.


  • O. s. soderstromii Lönnberg & Rendahl, 1922 – extreme S Colombia (SE Nariño) and E & S Ecuador.
  • O. s. speciosus Tschudi, 1843 – N & C Peru (Amazonas S to Ayacucho).
  • O. s. loricatus Todd, 1932 – SE Peru (Cuzco) to Bolivia (E to Santa Cruz).


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Odontophorus speciosus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22679668A92823654. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22679668A92823654.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail - Introduction | Neotropical Birds Online". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  3. ^ "Rufous-breasted Wood-quail Odontophorus speciosus". Birdlife. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  4. ^ "Rufous-breasted Wood-quail (Odontophorus speciosus)". Retrieved 2019-05-30.