85. Turnix lepurana

85. Turnix lepurana.

SMITH'S BUTTON QUAIL.

Male 5". Female 5.7". Sexes similar. Shoulder-feathers margined white. Mid-breast rust-red. Sides of breast pale buff, with heart-shaped black spots. Plumage above dull red, the scale-like margins extending to the back of the head. S. Africa, and recently obtained at Aden. Four eggs (0.88 x 0.72), white, spotted and blotched red-brown. (O.G. ii. 272.)

Also T. sylvatica. The Andalusian B.Q. from S. Europe and N. Africa. Differs only from T. lepurana in being larger. male 6". female 7".

T. nana. The African B.Q. Differs from T. dussumieri in having sides of breast cross-barred black and white. female 5.8".

Mid-breast and belly with round black spots. T. hottentotta. The S. African B. Q. Resembles T. nana, but feathers of mid-breast and belly have round black spots. female 6.6".

Mid-breast not cross-barred black. Throat never black. But sexes differ, and mid-tail is neither lengthened, pointed, nor edged. Above uniformly coloured, without scaly appearance. Shoulder-feathers not edged with golden buff.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
85. Turnix lepurana
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
85
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
114
Common name: 
Smiths Button Quail
M_ID: 
3839
M_SN: 
Turnix sylvaticus lepurana
Volume: 
4th ed.
Term name: 
id: 
12777

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