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Length 14-16 cm, female > male.
 Similar species
Black-rumped Buttonquail is larger and more richly coloured than Small Buttonquail. Hottentot Buttonquail has less constrasting rump and uppertail, has spots or barring from middle breast to belly, yellow legs and pale yellow eyes.
Black-rumped Buttonquail and Hottentot Buttonquail were until recently considered one species.
Most common in areas with low grass though can occur in shrub or edges of taller vegetation. Found from sea level to 1800 m asl.
Partly migratory with movements poorly understood, but in most areas more likely encountered during wet season. Most often encountered singly on in a pair.
Feeds on the ground, likely on grass and other seeds as well as invertebrates. It is more likely to stay on the ground and try to run away from danger than to flush.
Calls during breeding season described as "boom-boom" or "oooop-oooop" given as series that are fast and low pitch. Calls seems to be given during breeding attempts only and may only be given for a few weeks.
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