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Painted Button-quail

(Turnix varius)
Alternate name(s): "Painted Quail", "Butterfly Quail*", "Scrub Quail", "Varied Quail"
Aboriginal name(s): "boorolom", "moorolom" (WA)

Size: 17-19 cm (male), 18-23 cm
Weight: 53-83 g (male), 72-130 g (female)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Male Painted Button-quail hiding under a dead branch after being disturbed by a group of nature lovers on a spotlighting trip
[Eulah Creek, NSW, April 2009]


Female Painted Button-quail running away from the photographer
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, September 2008]


Male Painted Button-quail with two of four chicks (photo courtesy of C. Abbott)
[Yengo NP, NSW, December 2016]

Male Painted Button-quail with three of four chicks (photo courtesy of C. Abbott)
[Yengo NP, NSW, December 2016]

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