Its Name

BATTLEQUAIL

All is not what it seems

The Name "Barred buttonquail"

There was some good reasoning behind the name "bared buttonquail", although it is essentially wrong, as we will see later. An alternative name is "common bustard-quail", but let's stick to the most widely used name.

  • Its chin, throat and breast are closely barred with black
  • There is a close resemblance to quails (See also Taxonomy)
  • In some languages, such as Dutch, French and Spanish these birds are named "fighting quails" (literally translated). This is because they are rather combattant, especially the hens. These vigorously defend their breeding area or territory against other members of the same species, although they are tolerant towards other species. As they do not have any weapons, such as spores, they do this by pecking the top of the head of their adversary with their beaks. Sadly, this behaviour has lead to abusing these little birds for bloodsports, which is probably the real source of their name. A lot of these fights, however, are prevented - which is not uncommon in the animal world. The hen has a far sounding six to eight syllable booming call, a bit like "who-who" and rather difficult to localize, to warn off intruders.

     

The generic name of the buttonquail is, as usual, derived from Latin: Coturnix = quail, shortened to Turnix for use on some species of Buttonquail. The species name, suscitator, derives from the Latin suscitare = encourage, stir up or awaken, presumably with reference to the bird's tendency not to take flight until almost trod upon.

The Name

In diferent languages

Chinese:

棕三趾鹑

Danish:

Kampløbehøne

German:

Bindenlaufhühnchen

English:

Barred Buttonquail

Finnish:

tummapyyjuoksija

French:

Turnix combattant

Italian:

Quaglia tridattila

barrata

Japanese:

mifuuzura

Japanese:

ミフウズラ

Dutch:

Zwartkeelvechtkwartel

Norwegian:

Båndspringvaktel

Polish:

przepiórnik

prazkowany

Portuguese:

Toirão-barrado

Russian:

Полосатая

трёхперстка

Slovak:

prepeľovec sivozobý

Spanish:

Torillo Batallador

Tsjech:

perepel šupinkový

Swedish:

Bandad springhöna