Buttonquail

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Buttonquail
image:Painted_Buttonquail.jpg
Painted Buttonquail.
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Turniciformes
Family:Turnicidae
Genera

 Turnix
 Ortyxelos

The buttonquails or hemipodes are a small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to, the true quails.

Buttonquail were traditionally placed in Gruiformes or Phasianidae (the crane and pheasant orders), but the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy elevated them to ordinal status as the Turniciformes.

This is an Old World group, which inhabits warm grasslands.

These are small drab running birds, which avoid flying. The female is the brighter of the sexes, and initiates courtship. The male incubates the eggs and tends the young.

All but one of the 15 species are in the genus Turnix.

da:Lbehns eo:Turnicedoj nl:Vechtkwartels ja:ミフウズラ目 (Sibley) sl:prepeličar (ptič)

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