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Buttonquails as diminutive versions of flightless giants



Turnix sylvaticus photo © Dr. Raju Kasambe


Although unrelated to ostriches or emus, the buttonquails of Africa, Asia and Australasia are scaled-down representatives of the same life-strategy.  Buttonquails seldom exercise their ability to fly; the female produces one clutch after another while delegating incubation and rearing of offspring to a series of male partners; and the brain is so small that survival depends on extremely rapid growth from hatching to adulthood.


Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 August 2016









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Last modified on 22 August 2016

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