Common Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus (205)
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

Ranges: Resident Breeding Non-breeding Migratory Uncertain

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