Chestnut-backed Buttonquail Turnix castanotus

Family: Turnicidae (Buttonquails)

Authority: (Gould, 1840)

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category

This species was listed as Near Threatened because it was suspected to have undergone at least a moderately rapid population reduction, and was believed to have a moderately small range (although not severely fragmented or restricted to few locations), however no recent declines have been reported even though the population is sparse and scattered, and population declines in the last three generations (11 years) are considered unlikely. As the range and population are now estimated to be large, and thus the species does not approach the thresholds for classification as Vulnerable under any of the other criteria, it has been downlisted to Least Concern.

Population size: 50000

Population trend: Stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 693,000 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - Australia
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Turnix castanotus. Downloaded from on 06/07/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 06/07/2022.