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TUE, FEB 5, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, FEB 24, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAR 5, 2019
Educational Meeting
Bird-Safe Plants in Alaska with Karen Webster

SUN, MAR 24, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, APR 2, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, APR 28, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAY 7, 2019
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAY 18, 2019
"Reading Rendezvous" on the Loussac Library lawn 12-4pm

SUN, MAY 19, 2019
"Migratory Bird Day" at the Alaska Zoo 11-5pm

SUN, MAY 26, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, JUN 4, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, JUN 23, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

SAT, JUN 29, 2019
Bird Club Picnic, Abbott Park, 11AM-3PM
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TUE, JUL 2, 2019
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING UNTIL AUG 6

SUN, JUL 28, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 6, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, AUG 18, 2019
Homeless Animals Day at the Alaska Zoo!
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SUN, AUG 25, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 3, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, SEP 22, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 1, 2019
Educational Meeting
"Foraging"

SUN, OCT 27, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 5, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, NOV 24, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 3, 2019
Holiday Potluck and Board Elections

SUN, DEC 29, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon


 

Bird of the Month: April 2008
Buttonquail
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Our Bird of the Month for this month are Buttonquail. These miniature quail are perfect to compliment a finch aviary.

The buttonquails or hemipodes are a small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to, the true quails.

Buttonquail were traditionally placed in Gruiformes or Galliformes (the crane and pheasant orders). The Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy elevated them to ordinal status as the Turniciformes and basal to other Neoaves either because their accelerated rate of molecular evolution exceeded the limits of sensitivity of DNA-DNA hybridization or because the authors did not perform the appropriate pairwise comparisons or both. Morphological, DNA-DNA hybridization and sequence data (Paton et al., 2003; Fain & Houde, 2004, Paton & Baker 2006) indicate that turnicids correctly belong to the shorebirds (Charadriiformes). They seem to be an ancient group among these, as indicated by the buttonquail-like Early Oligocene fossil Turnipax and the collected molecular data (Paton & Baker 2006).

This is an Old World group, which inhabits warm grasslands.

These are small drab running birds, which avoid flying. The female is the brighter of the sexes, and initiates courtship. The male incubates the eggs and tends the young.

All but one (the Quail-plover, Ortyxelos meiffrenii) of the 15 species are in the genus Turnix.

  • Small Buttonquail, or Andalusian Hemipode, Turnix sylvatica
  • Philippine Buttonquail, Turnix worcesteri
  • Sumba Buttonquail, Turnix everetti
  • Hottentot Buttonquail, Turnix hottentotta
  • Yellow-legged Buttonquail, Turnix tanki
  • Barred Buttonquail, Turnix suscitator
  • Madagascar Buttonquail, Turnix nigricollis
  • Spotted Buttonquail, Turnix ocellata
  • Black-breasted Buttonquail, Turnix melanogaster
  • Painted Buttonquail, Turnix varia
  • Chestnut-backed Buttonquail, Turnix castanota
  • Red-chested Buttonquail, Turnix pyrrhothorax
  • Red-backed Buttonquail, Turnix maculosa
  • Little Buttonquail, Turnix velox
  • Buff-breasted Buttonquail, Turnix olivei
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