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Durack has or used to have 72 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Painted Button-quail.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Painted Button-quail

Painted Button-quail

Turnix varius scintillans

Status: Vulnerable

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Turnix varius scintillans is found across 1 electorates.

The Painted Button-quail has a length of 14–17 cm and a mass of 52–82 g. Its upperparts are mainly grey or brownish-grey, but are heavily marked with a combination of white, reddish-brown and black spots, blotches, bars and streaks, and a large reddish-brown patch on each shoulder. Its underparts consist of a white chin and throat, a grey breast with buff spots, a white, buff-white or cream belly, and a buff to reddish-buff undertail. It has reddish-orange or red irides, a grey or brownish-grey bill, and yellow legs and feet. The sexes are similar in appearance, but adult females are substantially brighter and somewhat larger than adult males. Juvenile birds are probably similar to adult males but still separable from adults of either sex on the basis of size and some other features. The Painted Button-quail usually occurs in pairs. It almost certainly also occurs singly and in small groups, as recorded for other subspecies of the Painted Button-quail.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Adverse fire regimesAdverse fire regimes

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Disrupted ecosystem and population processesDisrupted ecosystem and population processes

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Durack has or used to have 184 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Painted Button-quail but they're just as important.

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