Common Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus (205)
(Bosveldkwarteltjie)
Experiences with species

This small bird scuttled across the road in front of our game vehicle, with tiny youngsters in tow. She hid them under a shrub and walked to the next one, to distract attention from them - getting very aggitated when a Bateleur flew over. When atlasing Madikwe in May 2008, these birds were all over the place, as were Harlequin and Common Quails. They have a very striking pale eye, which is a good identifying feature.

Other names: Hottentot or Small Buttonquail, Andalucian Hemipode



SPECIES RANGE MAP
Ranges: Resident Breeding Non-breeding Migratory Uncertain



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