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Bird Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora)

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Common Name: Brown Quail

Scientific name: Coturnix ypsilophora

Family: Phasianidae

Order: Galliformes

Distribution: across northern and eastern Australia, from the Kimberley region in Western Australia to Victoria and Tasmania, as well as in south-western Australia.

Habitat: dense grasslands, often on the edges of open forests, and bracken.

Field Notes: Small, plump ground-dwelling bird. It is variable in colour, ranging from red brown to grey brown with fine white streaks and black barring above, and chestnut brown below. The eye is red to yellow, the bill black and the legs and feet orange-yellow.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Kinbombi, QLD

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