13. BLANFORD'S BUTTON-QUAIL.
Turnix blanfordi, Blyth.
No bars across the breast. Tail-feathers plain, not margined, the middle pair neither lengthened nor pointed.
Wing of male about 3 1/2; of female, approaching 4.
MALE :—Without a rufous collar.
FEMALE :—With a rufous collar.
Vernacular Name :—Ng6n, Burmese.
Blanford's Button-Quail, which may be distinguished from the Indian Button-Quail by its greater size and richer coloration, is found throughout the whole of the countries east of the Bay of Bengal from about the longitude of Tipperah. To the south it extends quite to the extreme limits of Tenasserim, and to the east to the frontiers of Siam and China. It is found not only in the plains, but also on the hills up to an elevation of about 5000 feet.
The habits of this Quail do not appear to differ from those of its allies. On a former occasion I wrote: "This Quail is almost invariably found about gardens in the jungle, singly or in pairs. I have shot it also in bamboo jungle where there was an undergrowth of grass. It is less common on the hills than in the plains. On the whole this is perhaps the most abundant and universally distributed of all the Quails of Burmah ; but nowhere will enough be found to furnish sport. It is hard to flush, flies only a few yards, and can never again be discovered."
The nesting habits of this Quail do not appear to be known.
The male and female of this species resemble respectively the male and female of the Indian Button-Quail in plumage, but there is more black and rufous on the upper plumage, which is thus of a richer colour. The present species is also a much larger bird.
Length nearly 7 ; wing in female nearly 4, in male about 3 1/2; tail about 1 1/2; legs yellow; irides white ; bill brown with some yellow near the gape. Weight up to 2 3/4 oz.