RFI - Searching for King Quail (Vic.)

Subject: RFI - Searching for King Quail (Vic.)
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 12:04:34 +1000
>The technique we used was to hold a piece of rope out between two people and

>walk forward in a line, dragging the rope over the low heath vegetation.  The

>time of day was between 11 a.m. and midday, sky was overcast and it was windy.

>I am keen to have some advice on
>- this method,
>- the time of day (would morning or evening be better?)
>- whether taped calls may elicit responses?
>- any other thoughts or records people may have for Victoria.

Hi Martin

I'm not an expert on targeted searches for KQ, but I have come across them a
couple of times in Victoria (once during Atlas 1 and again during Atlas 2).

Baverstock, G.A., Conole, L.E. & Moore, P. (1980). A record of the King Quail
for the Grampians, Victoria.  Australian Bird Watcher 8: 204.

Conole, L.E. & Mac Nally, R.C. (2000).  A record of the King Quail Coturnix
chinensis from the Ovens Floodplain, North-East Victoria.  Corella 24(1/2):

I think as in most cases, more than one technique would be the best strategy.
 Dragging the rope would be a good way to flush them, and should be included.
 I've found Brown Quail to be very responsive to a whistled imitation of their
call, and wouldn't be surprised if playback worked for KQ too (in breeding 

Cheers -- Lawrie

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