Scientific Name: Turnix suscitator
Malay Name: Puyuh Biasa
Chinese Name: 棕三趾鹑
Range: Found from Indian subcontinent to South China and Southeast Asia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: plumbipes, bengalensis, taigoor, leggei, okinavensis, rostratus, blakistoni, pallescens, thai, atrogularis, suscitator, powelli, rufilatus, haynaldi, fasciatus, nigrescens.
Local Subspecies: atrogularis
Size: 15-17.5 cm
Identification: Adult birds are distinguished from similar looking female King Quail by bold blackish bars across lower throat, breast and upper flanks and deep rufous-buff belly and vent. Female is bigger than male and has black patch on throat and centre of upper breast. Juvenile resemble male.
Similar looking species: King Quail
Habitat: Dry grassy area and scrub.
Behaviour/Ecology: It is the male that incubates the eggs and care for the young.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Changi, Tuas South, Neo Tiew Lane 2, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat and Pulau Ubin.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022, May 2022, Jun 2022, Jul 2022, Aug 2022, Sep 2022, Oct 2022, Nov 2022, Dec 2022, Jan 2023, Feb 2023, Mar 2023, Apr 2023
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Barred Buttonquail)
BirdLife International. (2016). Turnix suscitator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22680549A92865610.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Barred Buttonquail. Retrieved on May 27, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/barred-buttonquail.