Family New World Quails (Odontophoridae)


Tacarcuna Wood-quail (Odontophorus dialeucos)


French: Tocro du Panama German: Tacarcunawachtel Spanish: Corcovado del Tacarcuna

Odontophorus dialeucos


, 1963,

Darién, Panama


Sometimes considered conspecific with O. atrifrons, O. strophium, O. columbianus and O. leucolaemus. Probably most closely related to O. strophium. Monotypic.


Tacarcuna ridge in extreme E Panama (E Darién) and adjacent NW Colombia (Chocó).

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm; estimated weight of male 264 g, of female 258 g. Crown black; separated from black throat by white supercilium, lores and chin. Overall coloration dark or... read more


Advertising call is apparently undescribed, but gives low, rapid alarm calls similar to other ... read more


Subtropical forest at 1050–1450 m. Found on forest floor.

Food and feeding

No information available.


Virtually no information; juvenile collected in early June.


Presumably sedentary. Occurs in pairs or in groups of up to eight individuals.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Mace Lande: possibly Safe. Previously considered Near Threatened. Total population speculated to number 6000–15,000 birds with a range of just 230 km... read more

Recommended citation

Carroll, J.P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Tacarcuna Wood-quail (Odontophorus dialeucos). 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).