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Blue Quail

Synoicus adansonii

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Tiny, dark grassland quail. Males are dark blue and chestnut, with a bright white throat. Females are dark brown with heavy barring below. Found in moist grasslands, often in seasonally flooded areas. Probably nomadic or migratory, appearing with the onset of the rainy season. The common vocalization is a two- or three-part whistled call: “chee-chew” or “chee-chee-chew.” Smaller than other quail; male separated by blue coloration and female by barring below.

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