Family New World Quails (Odontophoridae)

Vulnerable

Black-fronted Wood-quail (Odontophorus atrifrons)


Taxonomy

French: Tocro à front noir German: Schwarzstirnwachtel Spanish: Corcovado carinegro
Taxonomy:

Odontophorus atrifrons

J. A. Allen

, 1900,

Santa Marta, Colombia

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Sometimes considered conspecific with O. dialeucos, O. strophium, O. columbianus and O. leucolaemus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. a. atrifrons J. A. Allen, 1900 – Santa Marta Mts, in NE Colombia.
  • O. a. navai Aveledo & Pons, 1952 – Perijá Mts, in NE Colombia and NW Venezuela.
  • O. a. variegatus Todd, 1919 – N end of E Andes in NE Colombia (Norte de Santander and Santander); possibly extinct.
  • Descriptive notes

    24–30 cm; estimated weight of male 311 g, female 298 g. Black forehead, face and throat distinctive; crown rufous-brown. Overall coloration blackish brown. Back grey... read more

    Voice

    Advertising call is typical rhythmic, whistled, series of genus Odontophorus likened to... read more

    Habitat

    Montane tropical and subtropical forests at 1200–3100 m (as low as 700 m in Sierra Nevada de... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available, but forages similarly to other Odontophorus, scratching in leaf-litter for berries and insects. Forages... read more

    Breeding

    One nest found in Santa Marta Mts in May 2008 contained three eggs; nest was on a steep slope at the border of dense undergrowth of primary... read more

    Movements

    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted range; very little information available. Uncommon throughout its disjunct range. Total population of all three subspecies might number just 1500... read more

    Recommended citation

    Carroll, J.P., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Black-fronted Wood-quail (Odontophorus atrifrons). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53354 on 18 January 2018).