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.
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