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Chestnut-backed Button-quail

(Turnix castanotus)
Size: 15-17 cm (male), 17-19 cm (female)
Weight: 58-70 g (male), 87-124 g (female)


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Chestnut-backed Button-quail at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

There are many fundamental differences between true quails (Coturnix) and button-quails (Turnix) (see above in the "Taxonomy, classification" section). One other is that, while in most bird species males "advertise" (i.e. call for a partner) and declare their territory, in the case of button-quails this is done by the females.

chbqual_pb_20210317.m4a (Timber Creek, NT) Contact calls © PB

More Chestnut-backed Button-quail sound recordings are available at .

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