buttonquails

All Noun
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  • Buttonquails are not closely related at all, but are named for their similar appearance.
  • Like other buttonquails, the female is larger and more distinctively coloured than the male.
  • As usual for buttonquails but not for most birds, the female is larger and brighter than the male.
  • The buttonquails are a group of small terrestrial birds.
  • Buttonquails are small, drab, running birds, which avoid flying.
  • The buttonquails are small, drab, running birds which resemble the true quails.
  • Like other buttonquails, it is unrelated to the true quails.
  • Unusually, the buttonquails are polyandrous, with the females circulating among several males and expelling rival females from her territory.
  • The buttonquails or hemipodes are a small family of birds that resemble, but are unrelated to, true quails.
  • The buttonquails or hemipodes are a small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to, the true quails.
  • It was formerly believed to be related to the buttonquails and thus placed in the gamebird order Galliformes or with the cranes and rails in Gruiformes.
  • The buttonquails are of indeterminate, quite basal position in the Lari-Scolopaci sensu lato group.
  • Along with other buttonquails, the black-breasted buttonquail was traditionally placed in the order Gruiformes, but more recent molecular analysis shows it belongs to an ancient lineage of shorebirds (Charadriiformes).
  • It thus represents a remarkable case of morphological convergence, or perhaps it is simply extremely plesiomorphic in morphology (the buttonquails, meanwhile, having turned out to be a very basal offshoot of the wader radiation).
  • The park has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports an isolated, and the westernmost, population (over 10 pairs) of Black-breasted Buttonquails, listed as vulnerable.
  • It also supports chestnut-backed buttonquails, bush stone-curlews, varied lorikeets, northern rosellas, hooded parrots, white-gaped, yellow-tinted, bar-breasted and banded honeyeaters, masked and long-tailed finches, and silver-crowned friarbirds.
  • Sometimes, the buttonquails are also placed here, but the molecular data and fossil record rather suggests them be a quite basal offshoot along with the snipe-like and aberrant waders.(Paton et al., 2003; Thomas et al., 2004; Paton & Baker, 2006).
  • Historically, the buttonquails (Turnicidae), mesites (Mesitornithidae) and the Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) were placed in the Galliformes too.