French: Petit Turnix German: Zwerglaufhühnchen Spanish: Torillo veloz
Other common names:
Australian Little Buttonquail
Yarrundi, New South Wales, Australia
Continental Australia, mainly inland, and absent from NE Western Australia (Kimberleys), N Northern Territory (Arnhem Land) and N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).
12–16 cm; male 28–44 g, female 39–64 g; female larger. Occurs sympatrically with several other Turnix, including T. pyrrhothorax... read more
Advertising call is a loud, low-pitched booming, rendered “oo-ah” or “coo-oo... read more
Dry Danthonia and Stipa (Poaceae) grassland, grassy Acacia (Fabaceae)... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly grass seeds, including grain (Triticum, Triodia, Danthonia, Chloris, Eragrostis, ... read more
Poorly known. Sept–Mar in S & E, Mar–Dec in wet years (usually Aug–Nov) in W and Jan–May in Northern Territory... read more
Poorly known. Resident, migratory and dispersive populations apparently exist; erratic or irruptive... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon to common with densities of 0·01–0·41 birds/ha recorded, but may be locally abundant during... read more
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