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Birds

Barred
Buttonquail

Least Concern

Increasing

Barred Buttonquail

Turnix suscitator

The Barred Buttonquail is a buttonquail, one of a small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to, the true quails. This species is resident from India across tropical Asia to south China, Indonesia and the Philippines.

It is rufous-brown above, rusty and buff below. Chin, throat and breast closely barred with black. Female larger and more richly coloured, with throat and middle of breast black. The blue-grey bill and legs, and yellowish white eyes are diagnostic, as are also the pale buff shoulder-patches on the wings when in flight. Absence of hind toe distinguishes Bustard and Button quails from true quails. Pairs, in scrub and grassland.

Common Bustard-quail, Common Buttonquail

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    দাগি নাটাবটের
  • Gujarati:
    હોર્ન બટેર, કાળીચટી બીલ બટેર
  • Malayalam:
    വരയൻകാട
  • Marathi:
    डुरडुरा (कोकण भाग), दुर्वा, पट्टेरी बटेर, गुंडूर बटलावा
  • Nepali:
    धर्के गट्टेबट्टाई
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Taxanomy

CHARADRIIFORMES
TURNICIDAE
Turnix suscitator

Quick Facts
  • These are reluctant to fly.
Barred Buttonquail

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