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Black-rumped Buttonquail | Turnix nanus

The Black-rumped Buttonquail is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Turnicidae bird family group which includes birds such as Buttonquails.

The description for the Black-rumped Buttonquail (Latin name Turnix nanus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Turnix nanus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 120. You will find a picture of the Black-rumped Buttonquail on page 320.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Black-rumped Buttonquail between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Black-rumped Buttonquail has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 15 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured grey. The Turnix nanus has a white, black coloured throat, white legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are blue.

The male Turnix nanus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are blue

Bill is grey

Legs are white

Throat is white, black

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Black-rumped Buttonquail is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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