Friday, February 1, 2013

Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitator)

Common breeding resident in grasslands, scrublands and paddy fields in low country dry zone. Usually seen as pairs or solitary birds. Also not uncommon in suitable habitats in wet zone and hills like in tea plantation. It feeds on seeds, termites etc. picking up from the ground usually in the morning and evening. In this bird, the normal role of the sexes is reversed and female courts males uttering long purring call and she also practices polyandry. Having laid 2 to 4 eggs in a nest compose of dry grass, rootlets etc. in a hollow at the base of a small shrub, she leaves while her mate incubate them and bring up the chicks. The breeding season last for most of the year but most likely months are January to March and again July to August of the year. 


  1. Very beautiful bird. I haven't seen it.Is it related to jungle fowl?

  2. Related to the jungle fowl? Not actually. Family Phasianidae to which jungle fowl and all other quills inhabiting Sri Lanka are grouped but not this one. It is a member of family Turnicidae and Barred Buttonquail is the only member of that family of the island.