Madagascar Buttonquail Turnix nigricollis
Madagascar Buttonquail, Mosa Park, Ifaty, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

Mosa Park, Ifaty, Madagascar
November 2016

The Madagascar Buttonquail is distributed in Madagascar with introduced populations in Reunion and Mauritius. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in grassland, forest, woodland and dry crops such as cassava and sisal.

The female, shown here, is the brighter of the pair with a black chin and throat and rufous on the side of throat and flanks.

It feeds on the ground on seeds and insects by scratching on the ground and pivoting in the leaf litter to leave round feeding circles.

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