Ocellated Quail
Cyrtonyx ocellatus

A Monograph of the Odontophorinae,or Partridges of America
Vol.1 - Plate No. 8
Length: 22 cm
The Ocellated Quail is a species of quail found in the high, dry regions from Mexico to Nicaragua. Their features are the round dots on their chests. The scientific name 'Cytronyx' means '(bird) with curved claws', and were so named because their claws are longer and more curved than closely related species. The reason for this development probably came from the necessity to dig in the ground for food. The Ocellated Quail was recorded by Gould as a newly discovered species in 1837.