Definition of button quail in English:

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button quail


A small quaillike Old World bird related to the rails, with only three toes.
  • Family Turnicidae and genus Turnix: several species, including the widespread barred button quail (T. suscitator) of Asia
Example sentences
  • In fact, black-breasted button-quails seldom fly: if disturbed they freeze on the spot or run away.
  • Guide Mike West said button-quails were rarely seen and it might be that they had been in the area but were wrongly identified as true quails.
  • Many people keep button quails in the bottom of their aviary, for variety as well as to help clean up spilled seed.
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