Quail and quail-like birds in the grasslands ...

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Subject: Quail and quail-like birds in the grasslands ...
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 12:29:46 +1000
On Friday I was out at a study site in the grasslands on Melbourne's western fringe, and (somewhat unexpectedly) recorded 2 Red-chested Button-quail. I say 'unexpectedly', as I don't normally associate this species with winter in southern Victoria. The site is private and restricted, so I can't give directions!! .... but I would urge anyone who is out in the middle of a more-or-less native grassland around Melbourne in the midst of a cold, wet and windy day (ie. some kind of nutter!) to keep an eye on the 'quail' that you find there. I didn't find any Stubble Quail on this patch - just a couple of unexpected BQs - and one thing I got a lousy look at, but which flew like a Plainswanderer!


Lawrie Conole
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