High altitude quails

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Subject: High altitude quails
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2002 18:38:54 +1000
Last weekend I was walking in a delightful part of the Kosciuszko National Park: the Tantangara area. I was on the ridge between the Tantangara Road and Boggy Plains at an altitude of about 1460 metres. Our group came upon some quails. Others got a glimpse of them on the ground - more than two birds - and I flushed one. I'm not confident as to the species identification. I did not hear any calls. Surely, though, they were Brown or Stubble Quail?

The habitat is fairly thick Snow Gums with a tussock grass and low shrub understory. This is not a setting in which I would expect to see quails. Of course, they are normally found in grassland, though HANZAB mentions Stubble Quail in alpine herbfields.

Any comments? Do others find it odd that quails will be in Snow Gums at this altitude?


David McDonald
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