Jack's 700th

To: John <>
Subject: Jack's 700th
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 09:24:57 +1000 (EST)
On Thu, 25 Apr 2002, John wrote:
> I am short, however, of reliable site specific information for the
> following species: .... Chestnut-backed Button-quail

I recently (7/4) saw CBBQ on the Kakadu Highway ~2km E of Jim-Jim
creek, sadly this was just before it hit the grille of our vehicle.
A post-mortem photo is at:

I took the photo because I was worried about the ID.  The only book
I was carrying was Slater and it incorrectly, depicts CBBQ (and BBBQ)
with red eyes, not yellow.

> Red-chested Button-quail

On the same trip I saw a road killed button-quail which was probably
Red-chested (it wasn't in great condition).  Didn't note the location
but it was on the Kakadu highway between Mary River and Cooinda.

Another sad (but inevitable) event of this trip was seeing for the
first time Cane Toads in Kakadu.  They were breeding in Kambolgie creek
(on the Gunlom road), pictures for those interested at:
and at the same spot a no doubt worried local (Litoria meiriana,
a top end endemic):

Andrew Taylor

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