Small Button Quail

A soft, booming call may be the only indication of the presence of this small and secretive species. A ground-dwelling bird of open woodland, scrub, and grassland, it resembles a quail in behavior and shape but has a more slender bill, l emales are a little larger and more brightly colored than males; they take the dominant role in breeding, calling, and establishing territories. Males incubate the eggs and care for the downy young.

• NliST A shallow hollow lined with fine grasses, situated in grass, (irass stems and leaves are pulled over the nest to hide it.

• Distribution extreme

S. Spain, parts of Africa, and from Pakistan and India to S.H. Asia, including the Philippines.

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