Wood-quails IV and Tawny-faced Quail

A David Mead original from Pheasants, Partridges & Grouse, published by Christopher Helm (2002)

Plate 63

Dark-backed Wood-quail Odontophorus melanonotus
NW South America (NW Ecuador, SW Colombia)

Gorgeted Wood-quail Odontophorus strophium
NW South America (C Colombia)

Stripe-faced Wood-quail Odontophorus balliviani
W South America (SE Peru, N Bolivia)

Tawny-faced Quail Rhynchortyx cinctus
Central America, NW South America

ABOUT THE BIRDS All three wood-quail species illustrated here have extremely restricted ranges. The critically endangered Gorgeted Wood-quail was rediscovered recently after having been ‘lost’ for nearly 60 years. See plate 60 for general information on wood-quails.

The Tawny-faced Quail, a little-studied and elusive bird of lowland forests, is the smallest of the New World quails at around 7-8in (18-20cm) in length.

Medium Gouache and watercolour on white Fabriano paper
Image size 10in x 14in (25.5cm x 35.5cm)