French: Turnix bariolé German: Buntlaufhühnchen Spanish: Torillo pintojo
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
T. v. scintillans
(Gould, 1845) – Houtman Abrolhos Is (SW Australia).
T. v. varius
(Latham, 1801) – SW, E & SE Australia; Tasmania.
17–23 cm; male 53–94 g, female 72–134 g; female larger. Large, rather rufous-brown Turnix with finer bill, pale-spotted forehead and breast, and... read more
Advertising call (most frequently given at dusk and nocturnally, occasionally by day, in Jun–... read more
Scrub, grassy Banksia (Proteaceae) and Acacia (Fabaceae) forest and woodland,... read more
Food and feeding
Comparatively poorly known. Seeds (grasses, Avena, Fabaceae, Trifolium, Erodium, Acacia), fruits (... read more
Season Aug–Mar in S, extending to May in E; all months according to local conditions in tropical N of range. Solitary breeder;... read more
Poorly understood. Mostly resident, though with high turnover of individuals and some local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon to locally common; declining in S, particularly Tasmania where now rare, but also less common than formerly in... read more
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