Scientific Name: Synoicus chinensis
Alternate Name: Blue-breasted Quail
Malay Name: Pikau Biru Asia
Chinese Name: 蓝胸鹑
Found from Indian Subcontinent to Southern China, Southeast Asia and Australia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: chinensis, trinkutensis, lineatus, lepidus, victoriae, colletti
Local Subspecies: chinensis
Size: 13-15 cm
Identification: Male has slaty-blue head, breasts and flanks, blackish throat with enclosed white malar and throat patches, chestnut lower breast to vent and yellowish-orange legs. Female is larger than male and has buff-orange supercilium and brownish overall plumage with distinctive blackish bars on breast and flanks. Juvenile resembles female.
Similar looking species: Barred Buttonquail
Habitat: Dry to slightly marshy grassland and scrub.
Behaviour/Ecology: Skulking and difficult to flush.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat,
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia