Fynbos Buttonquail Turnix hottentottus

Family: Turnicidae (Buttonquails)

Authority: Temminck, 1815

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
This newly-split buttonquail has been listed as Endangered as its population is estimated to be very small, with all subpopulations likely to be tiny, and is inferred to be in decline owing to on-going habitat loss and degradation. Recent population density estimates suggest that the population could be higher than previously thought, and confirmation of these estimates would make this species eligible for possible downlisting in the future.

Population size: 250-999

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 61,700 km2

Country endemic: Yes


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Turnix hottentottus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/07/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/07/2022.