Family New World Quails (Odontophoridae)

Least Concern

Banded Quail (Philortyx fasciatus)


French: Colin barré German: Bindenwachtel Spanish: Colín bandeado

Ortyx fasciatus


, 1844,

California; error = Mexico




W Mexico from SW Jalisco and Colima S to Morelos, SW Puebla and SE Guerrero; range predicted to extend as far E as Oaxaca.

Descriptive notes

18–21·5 cm; 115–160 g, with male averaging 130 g, female 126 g. Breast and belly white with black barring; overall coloration greyish brown to grey; head... read more


Territorial call a repeated ringing “keeah!”, sometimes in rapid, sharp series. Also a squealing “... read more


Arid and semi-arid tropical scrub, weed bordered agricultural land, and overgrown pastures, from... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly seeds of Desmodium and Crotalaria; also seeds of sunflower, thistles, corn cockle, Croton and cultivated... read more


Nesting recorded in Aug–Sept. Mating system presumed to be monogamous. In captivity: nest made of grass with partial roof; average... read more


Sedentary. Often occurs in coveys of 5–20 birds; overall mean covey size of 12 birds, but... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Total population may number fewer than 100,000 birds, but thought to be stable. Limited range, but recently... read more

Recommended citation

Carroll, J.P., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Banded Quail (Philortyx fasciatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 March 2018).