Turnix – Buttonquails

Barred-buttonquail gets the name after its quail-like cute little physique and remarkably patterned rufous plumage

A tiny round body complimented by a short tail makes this bird look adorable. The size of the barred buttonquail is comparable to a quail, but the two species are not close relatives by any chance. The male and female look almost alike, but the black color on the neck and upper breast is unique to females.

They like to nest on the ground and spend most of their time roaming around on their legs. It is difficult to spot them in farmland or dense weedy field because of their size and cryptic (reddish-brown or orange) plumage. The small size also has drawbacks, as they may fall prey to larger predators.