Data for:
The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India
List:
Charadriiformes > Turnicidae

Yellow-legged Buttonquail

Turnix tanki

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Identification

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Hardly bigger than a sparrow, this odd little ground bird has a disproportionately loud song. The booming hoots the female gives during the breeding season are often the easiest way to find this species in the open grassy habitats it occupies. Females are more vividly colored than males, with a bright orange breast and nape, yellow belly, white throat, and speckled gray upperparts. Males have a faded version of the same general color scheme, but have less spotting on the breast and a tan throat.

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