Buffy-crowned wood partridge

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Buffy-crowned wood partridge
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Odontophoridae
Genus: Dendrortyx
D. leucophrys
Binomial name
Dendrortyx leucophrys
(Gould, 1844)

The buffy-crowned wood partridge (Dendrortyx leucophrys) is a species of bird in the Odontophoridae family. It is found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Small groups forage in underbrush, secondary growth, near forest clearings and coffee plantations. The species local name is "chir-ras-qua" after its noisy call. It has a chicken-like appearance due to its long tail and legs. Its pale iris and streaked neck differentiates it from other quail like birds.


The holotype specimen of “Ortyx leucophrys” Gould (Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1843 (1844), p.132.) is held in the collections of National Museums Liverpool at World Museum, with accession number D1496. The specimen was collected in Cobán, Guatemala in June 1843 by Adolphe Delattre and came to the Liverpool national collection via the 13th Earl of Derby’s collection which was bequeathed to the people of Liverpool in 1851.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Dendrortyx leucophrys". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.