Skip to Content

Odontophoridae – New World Quail

odontophoridae
Mountain Quail in California, USA: Photo by Ian Davies

Welcome to our Odontophoridae guide! Explore the fascinating world of New World quail, a diverse family of birds found across the Americas. From their intricate plumage to their unique calls echoing through diverse habitats, New World quail captivate birdwatchers and enthusiasts alike. Join us as we delve into the rich diversity within the Odontophoridae family, uncovering their habitats, behaviors, and conservation status. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or simply intrigued by these charismatic birds, our guides offer valuable insights into the captivating world of Odontophoridae.

Overview of Odontophoridae

The distinctive, whistled calls of New World quails often serve as our primary indication of these dynamic ground-dwellers’ presence within woodland undergrowth throughout the Americas. Sporting earth-toned plumage embellished with patterns of black and white, along with charming top-knots on males in some species, these birds are a delight to locate and observe. Typically encountered in groups, both males and females remain with their offspring after they attain independence, forming sizable coveys particularly during the fall season. Recent molecular research has revealed that two African fowl species are genetically closer to New World quails than to any other avian group in Africa, leading to their inclusion within this family.