Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Near Threatened

Snow Mountain Quail (Anurophasis monorthonyx)


Taxonomy

French: Caille de montagne German: Schneegebirgswachtel Spanish: Codorniz papúa
Taxonomy:

Anurophasis monorthonyx

van Oort

, 1910,

at 3800 metres, Oranje (Snow) Mountains, New Guinea

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Has been included in genus Coturnix. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Kemabu Plateau, Mt Wilhelmina and Mt Carstenz (Snow Mts) and Star Mts, in WC New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

c. 25–28 cm; c. 401 g. Distinctive combination of large size and blackish barring above and below; male has underparts chestnut-brown with dark barring, otherwise... read more

Voice

Only known call a noisy squeal when flushed, an over-slurred modulated “squeeeah” repeated 4–5... read more

Habitat

Found in alpine grassland and at edges of alpine scrub, on N slopes between 3100 m and 3800 m.

Food and feeding

Flower heads, leaves, seeds, foliage and caterpillars reported. Recorded alone or in groups of 2–3 individuals.

Breeding

Only information is three eggs in a despression nest beside a grass tussock in Sept; eggs pale brown with dark chocolate spots.

Movements

Presumed to be sedentary. Flushes noisily, and only when especially hard-pressed, alighting again... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Mace Lande: safe. Numbers probably small, given tiny range; occurs in Central New Guinean High Mountains... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Snow Mountain Quail (Anurophasis monorthonyx). 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/53441 on 20 January 2018).