Family Buttonquails (Turnicidae)

Least Concern

Red-chested Buttonquail (Turnix pyrrhothorax)


Taxonomy

French: Turnix à poitrine rousse German: Rotbrust-Laufhühnchen Spanish: Torillo pechirrufo
Taxonomy:

Hemipodius pyrrhothorax

Gould

, 1841,

Aberdeen, New South Wales, Australia

.

Has recently been suggested to be conspecific with T. everetti and T. worcesteri, but this idea has received very little support. Proposed races berneyi (NW Australia) and intermedius (Queensland) no longer recognized, as based on individual rather than geographical variation. Monotypic.

Distribution:

N & E Australia.

Descriptive notes

12–16 cm; male 27–46 g, female 31–83 g; female larger. Slightly larger than partially sympatric T. maculosus (which is generally found in wetter... read more

Voice

Advertising call (reportedly given by female) a rapidly repeated "oom" note, which... read more

Habitat

Normally recorded in dense grassland (sometimes at edge floodplains or swamps) and open, grassy,... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds (grasses, Triticum, Panicum, Malvaceae) and insects (cockroaches, ants, flies, larvae). Terrestrial; nocturnal and... read more

Breeding

Little known. Eggs recorded in Feb–Jul and Sept in N, Sept–Feb in S. Solitary breeder; females sequentially polyandrous. Nest (... read more

Movements

Poorly known. Local populations variously resident, erratic or migratory. Apparently a spring... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly hunted for food and sport, and occasionally killed by cats. Crop-nesting birds may lose their clutches due to harvesting.... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Red-chested Buttonquail (Turnix pyrrhothorax). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53547 on 20 November 2018).