Family New World Quails (Odontophoridae)


Bearded Wood-partridge (Dendrortyx barbatus)


French: Colin barbu German: Bartwachtel Spanish: Colín barbudo
Other common names: Bearded Tree-quail

Dendrortyx barbatus


, 1846,

Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico




EC Mexico in Sierra Madre Oriental: fragmented populations from S San Luis Potosí, Querétaro and N Hidalgo S to C Veracruz, Puebla and N Oaxaca#R.

Descriptive notes

33–35·5 cm; 350–465 g. Tail longer in Dendrortyx than in other members of family; much shorter in present species than in congeners (potential... read more


Loud series of whistles, similar to those of other Dendrortyx (especially D. macroura... read more


Cloudforests, evergreen forests and adjacent pine and oak forests with a dense understorey, in... read more

Food and feeding

One stomach contained fruit and seeds. Captive birds ate black beans and corn; also soft fruits, such as grapes and bananas. May eat ripe... read more


Nesting season may be Apr–Jun; female with downy chicks recorded in Jun, but very vocal in Querétaro into Jul, suggesting more... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Critically Endangered. Mace Lande: Critical. Restricted range (traditionally estimated at c. 6900 km², but perhaps two or three times... read more

Recommended citation

Carroll, J.P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Bearded Wood-partridge (Dendrortyx barbatus). 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 20 February 2020).