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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Button-quails

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Turnicidae

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The family of Button-quails is common in Africa, Eurasia, Australia, and even some islands in the Pacific. They are small birds, only 11 cm to 19 cm long. The wings are short and rounded, the tail is very short. The short, strong legs have 3 toes. They live on the ground, are shy and rarely fly. During courtship, the female dominates, the males breed and later care for the precocial chicks.

Turnix

     sylvaticus - Small Buttonquail (7)
     maculosus - Red-backed Buttonquail (2)
     hottentottus - Black-rumped Buttonquail (2)
     tanki - Yellow-legged Buttonquail (4)
     ocellatus - Spotted Buttonquail (3)
     suscitator - Barred Buttonquail (5)
     nigricollis - Madagascar Buttonquail (4)
     melanogaster - Black-breasted Buttonquail (5)
     castanotus - Chestnut-backed Buttonquail (1)
     olivii - Buff-breasted Buttonquail (1)
     varius - Painted Buttonquail (2)
     worcesteri - Worcester's Buttonquail (1)
     everetti - Sumba Buttonquail (2)
     pyrrhothorax - Red-chested Buttonquail (3)
     velox - Little Buttonquail (3)

Ortyxelos

     meiffrenii - Quail-plover (2)

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