Turnix meiffrenii Vieillot, 1819, Senegal.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Lark-quail, quail-plover; French: Turnix а ailes blanches; German: Lerchenlaufhьhnchen; Spanish: Torillo Alaudino.
3.9–5.1 in (10–13 cm); male 0.6–0.7 oz (16–20 g), female larger. Tiny, gracile, courser-like buttonquail, mottled red with pale belly. Wings and tail longer than in Turnix, dark with conspicuous white flashes in flight. Female has redder breast and broader white tip to tail. Juvenile duller and paler, more mottled.
Tropical Africa from Senegal east to Sudan and Kenya, including south Ghana and possibly elsewhere in west Africa.
Dry, sparse grassland, savanna, scrub, and dense shrubland.
Terrestrial. Otherwise little known.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Eats grass seeds and insects obtained from the ground.
Little known. Lays from September to March in the cool dry season. Possibly monogamouns. Clutch is two eggs, incubated by the male.
Not threatened. Widespread and uncommon to locally common; range increasing with expanding deserts.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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