Family New World Quails (Odontophoridae)

Least Concern

Starred Wood-quail (Odontophorus stellatus)


French: Tocro étoilé German: Sternwachtel Spanish: Corcovado estrellado

Ortyx (Odontophorus) stellatus


, 1843,





Upper Amazon region: E Ecuador, E Peru and W Brazil (S of Amazon, E to R Madeira and beyond#R) S to NW & NE Bolivia. Possibly occurs also in extreme SE Colombia.

Descriptive notes

24–28 cm; estimated weight of male 358 g, of female 315 g. Large crest rufous-chestnut; head and neck ash-grey; yellow eyering; sometimes has white flecking on... read more


Advertising call, which is slower and slightly more rolling than that of O. gujanensis (... read more


Lowland tropical forest, including terra firme, transitional and floodplain forests,... read more

Food and feeding

No precise information available, but feeds on forest floor, scratching for insects and berries in the leaf-litter, and is recorded in... read more


Very few data available, but nest is typical Odontophorus domed structure on ground with small entrance hole, the eggs are white... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Very little information available; total population might number over 750,000 birds. Reported to be fairly common... read more

Recommended citation

Carroll, J.P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Starred Wood-quail (Odontophorus stellatus). 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 19 February 2020).