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Black-breasted Button-quail

(Turnix melanogaster)
Size: 16.5-19 cm (female larger than male)
Weight: 50-85 g (male), 80-120 g (female)
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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-breasted Button-quail at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Lateral view of a partly obscured adult female Black-breasted Button-quail; note the characteristic black head
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Inskip Point, QLD, January 2013]


Like other species of button-quails, Black-breasted Button-quails create "platelets". These are bare patches on the ground that are caused by the birds' scratching in mulch or leaf litter while turning around a point of interest in search of food.

Typical Black-breasted Button-quail platelet, i.e. a scrape mould (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mungoberry Vine Forest Reserve, Dundowran Beach, Hervey Bay, QLD, May 2018]

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