New World wood-quails are relatively roundish, with short wings, short neck and a rudimentary tail. Their bills are short, slightly curved and serrated. The legs are short and powerful. Members of the family odontophoridae are capable of short bursts of strong flight, but prefer to walk, and will run from danger (or hide), taking off explosively only as a last resort. Their plumage varies among shades of brown and black. There is moderate sexual dichromisim in plumage, with males having brighter plumages.
The family Odontophoridae is found only in America and are only distantly related to the Old World-quails. They are named quails based on their resemblance to the old world quails in appearance and habits. In Peru, wood-quails are largely restricted to forest habitats from the lowlands of Amazonia up to 3,300 m above sea level. There is one genus and four species of wood-quails known to occur in Peru. Photo: Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail by ©Carlos Calle.
|New World Quails||Codornices del Nuevo Mundo|
|Marbled Wood-Quail||Codorniz de Cara Roja||Odontophorus gujanensis|
|Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail||Codorniz de Pecho Rufo||Odontophorus speciosus|
|Stripe-faced Wood-Quail||Codorniz Enmascarada||Odontophorus balliviani|
|Starred Wood-Quail||Codorniz Estrellada||Odontophorus stellatus|
|CRACIDAE: Curassows & Guans – Paujiles & Pavas||PODICIPEDIDAE: Grebes – Zambullidores|