Sumba buttonquail

A prime example of a bird that was unable to adapt to changes brought over by humans

Grahame Bowland

This secretive grassland specialist is classified as Vulnerable because of its narrow range (known from only a few localities) and single small population, which are believed to be dwindling due to habitat loss.

The species has not been found in anthropogenic settings despite surveys in human-modified grasslands. As a result, extensive grazing and burning, and hunting pressure are thought to be contributing to the population drop. Black, tawny, grey, and white vermiculated upper parts. More rufous wing coverts. Black-and-white scaling on the sides of the neck, rich rufous breast. The neck and stomach are also white. Pinkish legs and a stout blue-grey beak.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Indonesia
3,500-15,000
Official estimate
VU
2016
Breeding

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No