Buff breasted Button Quail
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • An Australian Quail
  • Scientific Name:  Turnix olivei
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  No
  • Origin / Distribution:  Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.
  • Habitat In Wild:  Grasslands surrounding forests and eucalypt woodlands.
  • Status In Wild:  Rare and endangered.  Decline is probably caused from loss of suitable habitat.  Predation by feral introduced animals may contribute to their decline.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  ?
  • Adult plumage: attained at about ? months
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  ?
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic.  Similar
  • Colour mutations:  No
  • Availability:  Rare
  • Temperament:  ?
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $??
  • Description Of Adults:  Hens are generally larger and heavier than cock birds and have darker faces.
  1. Length: Approx.  200 mm (or approx.  8  inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ):  Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. - gms (or approx. - ozs)

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to "Government Laws" page.

Housing Requirements:  Click on "Quail" web page for full details on the housing of quail or read on for specific details for this bird.

Diet / Feeding:  Click on "Quail" web page for full details on the nutrition of quail or read on for specific details for this finch.

Records of foods eaten by wild birds include seeds and insects.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Nesting months:
  • Nesting receptacles:
  • Nest: 
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / Cock / both share.

Breeding:  Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year ...... Eggs per nest  3 - 4.  Incubation approx. 15 days.  Independent approx. ..... weeks.

Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.  Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.

Health Issues:  Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer above "Avian Health Issues" web page option.
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General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture

  • Australian Birdkeeper

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