2003. Turnix sylvatica dussumier

(2003) Turnix sylvatica dussumier (Temm.).
Turnix dussumieri, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 450.
This tiny bird ranges over practically the whole of India from 8,000 feet in the outer ranges of the Himalayas South to Travancore, where Stewart twice found it breeding. It even occurs in Sind fairly commonly in years of good rainfall and is common in all parts of Assam, In Burma records are somewhat scattered and scanty but it seems to occur almost everywhere. Oates obtained it in Pegu, Herbert records it as not uncommon around Bangkok in Siam, while Swinhoe found it in Formosa and Hainan. In the Chin Hills and Upper Chindwin it is not rare and I have eggs obtained there by Hopwood and Mackenzie,
They breed more or less all the year round but nine out of ten females lay after the rains break about the 15th May, and eggs may be found from then on to Christmas. Inglis and Coltart found quite a number breeding in Bihar in March and April but here also the majority breed later on during the rains.
* This little Quail is now generally accepted as being only a race of the European Bustard or Button-Quail. The proper spelling of the subspecific name is dussumier, without a terminal i.
The eggs, always four in number, are miniatures of those of the preceding species but, as a series, are more handsome, more boldly blotched and generally more densely marked. At the same time all the variations which occur in the eggs of the bigger species may also be found in the eggs of this.
Sixty eggs average 21.3 x 17.3 mm. : maxima 23.2 x 19.2 mm. ; minima 19.7 x 15.9 mm.
In their nuptial and post-nuptial relations there is nothing to add to what has been written about the bigger birds. Small though the little lady may be, she is just as pugnacious as the others and just as great a bully to her little husbands.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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Indjan Little Button Quail
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