Singing Quail (Dactylortyx thoracicus)

The Singing Quail bird, commonly known as the crested bobwhite, is a unique species of bird found in the forest areas of Central America and Mexico. This bird is known for its distinctive call, which is a series of short whistles followed by a prolonged trill, leading to a melodious song. This bird species is a member of the New World Quail family, characterized by their small size, rounded wings, short tails, and compact bodies.

The singing quail bird is approximately 8 inches long and weighs around 7 ounces. The bird has a crested head, which is black or brown, while the body is chestnut-brown with white stripes. The wings are brown and black in color, and the eyes are bright orange-red, making them a delightful sight to behold.

The singing quail bird is a ground-dwelling bird, preferring to stay in the dense undergrowth of forests and woodlands. They are social birds, often seen in small groups, and they feed on insects, seeds, and small fruits.

These birds are known for their timid and elusive nature, making them hard to spot. Their sweet and unique song is the best way to locate them in their natural habitat, and their song can be heard from up to 200 yards away.

Though they are not considered a threatened species, the singing quail bird's population is declining due to habitat loss and destruction. Conservation efforts are being undertaken to protect their natural habitat, including the use of sustainable agricultural practices.

In conclusion, the singing quail bird is a charming and elusive bird found in the forest areas of Central America and Mexico. Their unique call and sweet song have earned them a well-deserved reputation as a treasured bird species, and they serve as an important symbol of biodiversity and nature conservation in the region.

Other names

Dactylortyx thoracicus



Singing Quail

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křepel zpěvavý




Colin chanteur


Quaglia canora


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przepiór kreskowany


Длиннопалый перепел

Pevajuća prepelica

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Colín cantor


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