French: Turnix à ailes blanches German: Lerchenlaufhühnchen Spanish: Torillo alaudino
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Tropical Africa from S Mauritania and Senegal E to N Cameroon, S Chad and Sudan, and discontinuously through S Ethiopia, NE Uganda, N & SE Kenya and NE Tanzania; breeds in S Ghana and possibly elsewhere in W Africa.
10–13 cm; male 15·7–19·5 g; female larger. Distinctive, tiny, courser-like buttonquail, with longer wings and tail than Turnix; shows... read more
Apparently silent when flushed; otherwise a very soft, low whistle given from ground has been... read more
Arid to semi-arid and coastal grassland; also Acacia (Fabaceae) and Chrysopogon (... read more
Food and feeding
Little specific information available. Recorded taking grass seeds and insects, including termites. Terrestrial and at least partially... read more
Little known. Egg-laying Sept–Mar, in cool dry season, but bird in breeding condition in SE Kenya in Apr. Solitary breeder; possibly... read more
Poorly understood. Resident in some areas, elsewhere intra-African migrant, with some birds... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common (e.g. three pairs along 3 km stretch of road in SE Kenya); expanding range in some parts, and possibly... read more
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