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Common Buttonquail

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Alternative names: Little Buttonquail; Small Buttonquail; Andalusian Hemipode; Kurrichane Buttonquail

Male, subspecies T. s. dussumierPhoto © by Alok TewariGurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, July-2018
Male, subspecies T. s. dussumier
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, July-2018
Turnix sylvaticus

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[edit] Identification

13–16 cm (5-6¼ in), female larger

  • Pale eyebrow
  • Streaked sandy brown upperparts
  • Buff underparts
  • Black flank markings
  • Plain face
  • Grey wing with white wingbar

Sexes are similar
Immature birds are more spotted underparts

Female, subspecies T. s. dussumierPhoto © by Alok TewariGurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, July-2018
Female, subspecies T. s. dussumier
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, July-2018

[edit] Distribution

Southern Spain and most of Africa. India and tropical Asia to Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Nine subspecies are recognized:[1]

Subspecies T. s. davidiPhoto © by nothinghillThailand, July-2012
Subspecies T. s. davidi
Photo © by nothinghill
Thailand, July-2012

[edit] Habitat

Grasslands or scrub jungle. Also cornfields and stretches of grassy plains in Africa.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of insects such as ants and seeds, particularly grass seeds.

[edit] Breeding

The female builds the nest which is a pad of grass placed in a natural hollow in the ground, amongst the stems of a tuft of grass. The 4 speckled greyish eggs are incubated by the male who cares for the precocial young.

Breeding pair : larger female on rightPhoto © by Alok TewariGurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, July-2018
Breeding pair : larger female on right
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, July-2018

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  3. Wikipedia

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