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SPECIES INFO

The rare Gorgeted Wood-quail, Odontophorus strophium, is a small ground-dwelling bird. This tiny member of the New World quail family has been found in the larger oak forest remnants in the eastern Cordillera (Serrania de Yariguies and NorAndino Oak Forest Corridor) section of Colombia.

Its natural habit are humid subtropical and temperate forests that mave mainly oak and laurel trees. The bird has only been sited between the altitudes of 1,750-2,050 m, however it is believed that this tiny quail may have an elevational range of 1,500-2,500 m. It is probably dependent on primary forest for a part of its life-cycle, yet it has also been sited in degraded habitats and secondary forest.

It forages for fruit, seeds and arthropods. The bird's breeding season seems to coincide with peaks in annual rainfall in March-May and September-November.

It was formerly classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. But new research has shown it to be not as rare as it was believed. Consequently, it is downlisted to Endangered status in 2008.





                                     



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