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Black-breasted Button-quail

Turnix melanogaster


Female:- Crown, face, throat and whole breast black, with faint white flecking on eyebrows and lower cheeks. Coarse white spotting across breast to sides of neck and nape. Belly darker fawn-grey.


Sighted in Scrubby habitat with grassland surrounds. Exact location not given due to its status - Near Threatened. IUCN Red List


Thank you to the Broome Bird Observatory for ID'ing my sighting. I found this bird very entertaining as I observed it for the few minutes of sighting. According to The Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds the B-b B-q, while it seeks food scratches with one foot while pivoting on the other and then changes feet and direction, leaving a saucer-shaped depression. This is what I watched my sighting do. Very pretty bird and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this bird was the female, as I know many male birds are often the pretty ones. The deep booming/low drumming of the female B-b B-q, I had heard but until sighting of this bird I hadn't known what was making this sound. These pictures have been edited. Sighting was reported to Australian Birdlife. Reference: Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds

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Single D
Single D 2 years ago

Thank you all for your appreciation of my spotting.

Single D
Single D 2 years ago

Thanks to you AshleyT for nominating and appreciating my spotting.

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Very nice spotting! This may be the first posting of this species on Noah. Interesting information in your notes.

armadeus.4 2 years ago

Awesome spotting! A first for PN :) Great notes and congratulations on your nomination. Thank you for sharing :)

AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Hello Single D and Welcome to the Project Noah community!
We hope you like the website as much as we do. There are many aspects to the site and community. The best way to get started is to read the FAQs at where you can find all the tips, advice and "rules" of Project Noah. You, like the rest of the community, will be able to suggest IDs for species that you know (but that have not been identified), and make useful or encouraging comments on other users' spottings (and they on yours).
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So enjoy yourself, share, communicate, learn. See you around :)

triggsturner 2 years ago

Great spotting!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

What an amazing bird! I love the photos, and your notes are exceptional. This is a wonderful "first spotting". Welcome to Project Noah, Single D. I hope you enjoy the site :)

furbee merchant
furbee merchant 2 years ago

Well done. A nice shot of an uncommon bird.

Single D
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Pelican Creek, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 21, 2019
Submitted on May 13, 2019

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