Family New World Quails (Odontophoridae)


Gorgeted Wood-quail (Odontophorus strophium)


French: Tocro à miroir German: Kragenwachtel Spanish: Corcovado gorjiblanco

Ortyx (Odontophorus) strophium


, 1844,



Sometimes considered conspecific with O. atrifrons, O. dialeucos, O. columbianus and O. leucolaemus. Monotypic.


W slope of E Andes of Colombia; restricted to few areas in departments of Santander (where possibly extinct), Cundinamarca and Boyacá#R.

Descriptive notes

25·5–27 cm; estimated weight 302 g. Only wood-quail in range with black-and-white throat bands. Black band across foreneck, separating white throat from white... read more


Advertising call (mostly heard 06:30–07:30 hours), which can continue for up to 30 seconds,... read more


Montane temperate and subtropical forests at 1600–2050 m, especially those dominated by ... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on fruits and seeds, including Quercus humboldtii, Trigonobalanus, Cavendishia guatapensis and C... read more


Breeding season apparently coincides with peaks of annual rainfall during Mar–May and Sept–Nov (based on several adults... read more


Presumably sedentary. Occurs in small groups of 1–3 birds.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Mace Lande: Endangered. Previously considered Critically Endangered. Total population thought to number 1300–2900 birds, and still declining. Restricted... read more

Recommended citation

Carroll, J.P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Gorgeted Wood-quail (Odontophorus strophium). 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 22 March 2018).