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Buttonquails: Turnicidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Small Buttonquail (turnix Sylvatica): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, BUTTONQUAILS AND PEOPLE

SMALL BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix sylvatica): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
PAINTED BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix varia): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Buttonquails are found in southern Europe, Africa, south and Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Solomon Islands.


Buttonquails live in grassland, brush, and some forest habitats. Although they can fly, they live almost exclusively on the ground, often in grasses or amid crops or weeds.


Many buttonquail species were once hunted for food, although this is no longer legal in most western countries. Some species, including the common buttonquail and some Australian species, are bred for food. Buttonquails have also been important in some of the rituals of the Australian Aborigines.


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