Birds – Crested Quails

In various of the Central American states as well as on near-lying islands are the Crested Quails (Eupsychortyx), a genus of some eight or nine handsome little birds with very distinctly crested heads. Of the recently described Margaritan species (E. pallidus) from Margarita Island, Lieutenant Robinson says: “These handsome birds were abundant near the coast, but none were seen in the interior of the island. They ran through the cactus under-growth with indescribable swiftness, and it was a difficult matter to cause them to take wing. The call of the males is identical with that of our common Bob-white, and the call of the scattered members of a covey is also the same.”