- Synoicus ypsilophorus
- Rufous brown or grey brown upperparts
- Streaked white and barred black
- Chestnut brown lowerparts
- Red-yellow iris
- Black bill
- Orange-yellow legs and feet
Introduced to New Zealand.
Formerly placed in genus Coturnix.
There are 10 subspecies:
- S. y. raaltenii: Lesser Sundas (Flores, Timor and adjacent islands)
- S. y. pallidior: Lesser Sundas (Sumba and Sawu)
- S. y. saturatior: Lowlands of northern New Guinea
- S. y. lamonti: Mid-montane central highlands of New Guinea
- S. y. dogwa: Lowlands of southern New Guinea
- S. y. plumbeus: Lowlands of eastern New Guinea
- S. y. monticola: Alpine grasslands of south-eastern New Guinea
- S. y. mafulu: Southern slopes of mountains of south-eastern New Guinea
- S. y. australis: Moist areas of Australia
- S. y. ypsilophorus: Tasmania
Open woodland, grassland, parks, cultivated land, rainforest edges and coastal scrub.
The diet includes seeds, shoots, and insects.
It nests in a ground scrape, in thick grass, near water. The eggs are incubated by both sexes.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Birds in Backyards
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Brown Quail. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 3 August 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Brown_Quail