Faecal analysis reveals the insectivorous diet of the Black-breasted Button-quail Turnix melanogaster

Webster, Patrick and Lisle, Allan and Murray, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1143-1706 (2018) Faecal analysis reveals the insectivorous diet of the Black-breasted Button-quail Turnix melanogaster. Corella, 43. pp. 19-25. ISSN 0155-0438


The threatened Black- breasted Button-quail Turnix melanogaster is thought to have an omnivorous diet comprising seeds and invertebrates; however, very little study has been undertaken to confirm or refute this claim. A thorough understanding of a species’ diet is required for its effective conservation management. To determine the species’ diet, T. melanogaster faeces were collected from within or near platelets found on Fraser Island and in Yarraman State Forest, two different habitats, and analysed microscopically. Analysis showed that T. melanogaster has a diet comprised almost entirely of invertebrates and that it preferentially preys upon Dermaptera, Pseudoscorpionida and Coleoptera.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 04:25
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 00:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black- breasted Button-quail; Turnix melanogaster; diet; invertebrates; insectivorous; Dermaptera; Pseudoscorpionida; Coleoptera; Fraser Island; Yarraman State Forest
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology
06 Biological Sciences > 0608 Zoology > 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310301 Behavioural ecology
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310999 Zoology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180699 Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41299

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