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This poorly known species may have a very small range and population. It is restricted to a small number of locations and numbers are declining owing to the continuing destruction and degradation of its habitat. The species is therefore classified as Endangered.
Christidis, L.; Boles, W. E. 2008. Systematics and taxonomy of Australian birds. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.
Turnix olivei Collar and Andrew (1988)
18-22 cm. Large buttonquail with heavy bill and yellow eyes. Adult male predominantly sandy-brown. Grey crown, nape and hindneck with prominent black stripes along each side. Black-and-rufous barring on back and outer scapulars. Rufous upperwing-coverts with white spots. Adult female similar to male but brighter, larger and darker on face. Juvenile plumage unknown. Similar spp. Plainer and paler than other buttonquails. Distinguished from Painted Buttonquail T. varia by heavier bill, plainer breast and lack of rufous shoulder patch. Voice Female, deep booming. Male, whistles, chirrups and deep humming.
Garnett, S. T.; Crowley, G. M. 2000. The action plan for Australian birds 2000. Environment Australia, Canberra.
Garnett, S.T., Szabo, J.K. and Dutson, G. 2011. The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.
Mathieson, M. T. and Smith, G. C. 2009. National recovery plan for the buff-breasted button-quail Turnix olivii. Report to Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Department of Environment and Resource Management, Brisbane.
Further web sources of information
Australian Govt - Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000 - Recovery Outline
Text account compilers
Garnett, S., McClellan, R., Pilgrim, J., Taylor, J., Allinson, T, Symes, A.
Garnett, S., Mathieson, M.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Turnix olivii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/09/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/09/2016.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Endangered|
|Species name author||Robinson, 1900|
|Population size||500 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||2,100 km2|
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