Small Buttonquail

Scientific Name: Turnix sylvatica
Common Names: Small Buttonquail, Common buttonquail
Other Names: Kurrichane buttonquail, Andalusian hemipode

Identifying Features: Black spots on the upper sides of the chest, streaked sandy brown upper-parts.

Fun Facts: 

  • This tiny buttonquail is notoriously difficult to see.
  • Female calls with a deep hoom-hoom-hoom and the male replies kek-kek-kek.
  • Spain officially declared the extinction of the species in 2018. This makes it the first bird species to become extinct in Europe since the Great Auk in 1852.
  • Female initiates courtship and builds the ground nest.


This image was clicked by Koshy Koshy – via Flickr.

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