Painted Button-quailScientific name: Turnix varia

Meaning of name: Turnix is Latin for quail. Varia comes from the Latin word varius, meaning different.

Aboriginal name: boorolom (bore’awe’lawm).

Distribution: Found in the southwest, east and southeast of Australia.

Description: Up to 23cm long with a 38cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 2km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 7.9 months after being banded (information as at 30 November 2013). These figures are probably an underestimate as there have only been 7 records made.

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html