Painted Button-quail (species: Turnix (Turnix) varius) in Cocoparra NP (Gaia Guide)
Turnix (Turnix) varius
Painted Button-quail

©Tom Tarrant: Painted Buttonquail
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Turniciformes
Family Turnicidae
Genus Turnix
Species Turnix (Turnix) varius
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The female is the more brightly coloured of the sexes. Her eyes are red, and her crown, face and breast is flecked with white. Her shoulders are chestnut with thin white streaking above them. The male is slightly smaller and duller. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Painted Button-quail (Turnix (Turnix) varius)

Distribution and habitat preferences

This species is resident in Australia. A subspecies, the Abrolhos Painted Button-quail (Turnix varius scintillans), is endemic to the Houtman Abrolhos islands.

It is found in grassy forests and woodlands. (Wikipedia)


It feeds on insects and seeds. (Wikipedia)

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