||J. Verreaux, 1859
||del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
||Cyrtonyx montezumae and C. sallei (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) were previously lumped as C. montezumae following Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993), but prior to that had been treated as two species in Collar and Andrew (1988).
||20-22cm. Rotund, ground-dwelling quail with a striking black-and-white face pattern, orange-rufous underparts, and white-spotted breast side and flanks. The upperparts are mostly grey-brown with black barring with bright red streaks on the outer web of each scapular and wing covert. Similar spp. Montezuma Quail C. montezumae and Ocellated Quail C. ocellatus have the same face pattern. C. montezumae has the breast and flanks boldly white spotted on a black background and lacks the rufous on the upperparts. C. ocellatus lacks any white spotting on its plainer orange underparts.
|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
||Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Martin, R, Symes, A. & Taylor, J.
This newly-split species is poorly-known but is suspected to be undergoing moderately rapid population declines as its high altitude woodland and grassland habitat is being converted and degraded through overgrazing and logging. It may also suffer from hunting pressure. It has therefore been classified as Near Threatened, but further information on population size and trend, and severity of threats, would be desirable to better clarify its status.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
- 2014 – Near Threatened (NT)
- 2008 – Not Recognized (NR)
- 2004 – Not Recognized (NR)
- 2000 – Not Recognized (NR)
- 1994 – Not Recognized (NR)
- 1988 – Near Threatened (NT)