Snow Mountain quail

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The Snow Mountain quail (Anurophasis monorthonyx), is a large, approximately 28 cm (11 in) long, dark brown quail of Alpine grasslands. It is the only member of the genus Anurophasis. It has a brown plumage, a horn-coloured bill, yellow legs and a brown iris. The underparts of the female are whitish and more heavily black barred than in the male.

Snow Mountain quail
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Anurophasis
van Oort, 1910
A. monorthonyx
Binomial name
Anurophasis monorthonyx
van Oort, 1910
Snow mountain quail chick

An Indonesian and New Guinean endemic, the Snow Mountain quail is confined to Western New Guinea's highest elevations, the Snow and Star Mountains. This little known bird is protected only by the remoteness of its habitat, a mostly inaccessible area at altitudes of 3,000–4,200 m (9,800–13,800 ft).[1]

The female usually lays up to three pale brown, dark-spotted eggs in a hollow nest under the edge of a grass tussock. The diet consists mainly of seeds, flowers, leaves, and other vegetable matter.

Due to its limited range, parts of which are getting increasingly accessible, the Snow Mountain quail is evaluated as "near threatened" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2016). "Anurophasis monorthonyx". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22678993A92797522. Retrieved 13 February 2020.

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