Buff-breasted Buttonquail

The Buff-breasted Buttonquail measures from 18-23 inches and usually weighs over 110 grams . Both the tail and wings are short. The back is chestnut. The sides of the head are marked with chestnut on an otherwise plain gray head; while the breast is warm buff-colored. The Painted Buttonquail and the Brown Quail both coexist with this species. The Buff-breasted is larger than either and is quite different different from the all-dark quail. The Painted species is almost totally mottled, with bold white spotting on the breast and no warm buff coloration. The most similar species to the Buff-breasted is the Chestnut-backed Buttonquail, which does not overlap in the wild.

The Buff-breasted Buttonquail is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Buff-breasted Buttonquail is the largest and possibly the rarest of the buttonquail. This species is endemic to extreme northeastern Australia, in northern Queensland from near Coen to Mareeba west of Cairns. Contents - * 1 Description * 2 Distribution and habitat * 2. More

black-breasted and buff-breasted buttonquails are on the IUCN Red List as Endangered, the Worcester's buttonquail, Sumba buttonquail, Australian chestnut-backed buttonquail (Turnix castanota), and plains-wanderer are listed as Vulnerable, and the spotted buttonquail is Near Threatened. Three species were listed in the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999: the buff-breasted buttonquail as Endangered, and the black-breasted button-quail and plains-wanderer as Vulnerable. In 2000 the status of the plains-wanderer was revised to Endangered. More

Order : Gruiformes
Family : Turnicidae
Genus : Turnix
Species : olivii
Authority : Robinson, 1900