Black Breated Button Quail - Inskip Point

To: "Allan Benson" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Black Breated Button Quail - Inskip Point
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 20:23:53 +1000
Hello Allan,

About 15 years ago I used to keep and breed buttonquail especially Black-breasted Buttonquail. The females always exhibit the black colouration whether or not they are breeding. The immatures are certainly closer to the males in plumage than they are to the females, however, they show signs of being females from a fairly young age. I remember birds being sexable while they were still a bit gangly- more black feathers around the face than the male birds if I was to hazard a guess at how it was possible.

This Inskip Point does sound like a great place- I'd love to see it one day.


Mick Todd
Griffith, NSW

A couple of questions:

1/ All observations to date seem to be of males. Has anybody got a definite sighting of a female? 2/ Do the immatures exhibit males plumage? Immatures are not described in Pizzey and Knight
3/ Do females only exhibit the black head and throat when breeding?

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