Descriptions of the vocalisations of the Chestnut-backed Button-quail Turnix castanotus

Patrick Webster, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia, Nigel Jackett, George Swann, Nicholas Leseberg, Stephen Murphy, James Watson, Green Fire Science, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia, Green Fire Science, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia, 3Adaptive NRM, P.O. Box 93, Malanda QLD 4885, Australia, Kimberley Birdwatching, P.O. Box 220, Broome WA 6725, Australia (+5 others)
2021 Australian Field Ornithology  
Button-quail (Turnicidae) are a greatly understudied family of birds; their cryptic habits make studying them in the wild challenging. They are known to be quite vocal which could assist with detectability, and so it follows that survey results will be more reliable as knowledge about button-quail vocal repertoire increases. Until recently, there were no published vocal recordings of the Chestnut-backed Button-quail Turnix castanotus, and descriptions and accounts of this species' vocalisations
more » ... were limited. We recorded vocalisations of Chestnut-backed Button-quail at six locations across the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Three broad vocalisation types were identified: advertising ooms, drumming, and contact calls. We present descriptions and visual representations of these vocalisations, and draw comparisons with previously published accounts of this species, and other Australian button-quail.
doi:10.20938/afo38137144 fatcat:2ytcgzwgknby3an2i3ntawvcim