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Any of various small Old World birds of the family Turnicidae that resemble quails but are not closely related to them.
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Seussian habitat, composed of plants listing at odd angles in search of light, is home to seemingly incongruous species like pumpkin-orange freshwater crabs, stardingly electric blue earthworms, and a variety of birds such as the mountain white-eye and barred buttonquail that somehow manage to stay well hidden despite the lack of cover.
Hildred Buttonquail has left Rudy Idolice's carnival to track down her father, who was also incarcerated in the asylum.
The Worcester's Buttonquail was caught on camera for the first time by a French documentary team who were filming native bird trappers at work in the Philippines.