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Little Button-quail

(Turnix velox)
Alternate name(s): "Little Quail", "Butterfly Quail*", "Dotterel Quail", "Swift-flying Quail"
Aboriginal name(s): "kooradong" (WA)

Size: 12-14 cm (male), 14-16 cm (female)
Weight: 28-44 g (male), 39-68 g (female)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Button-quail at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Lateral view of a male Little Button-quail (photo courtesy of M. Fleming)
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, October 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a male Little Button-quail (photo courtesy of M. Fleming)
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, October 2020]


Little Button-quails are mostly nocturnal birds.

Roost(?) on the ground with scats on opposite sides - this is probably where a pair of Little Button-quails usually rest
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2020]

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