Fwd: Red-chested Button-quail

Subject: Fwd: Red-chested Button-quail
From: David Hair <>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 14:42:51 +1100
Hi, Everyone.
Sydney birders might be interested in this sighting today by Frank Hemmings.  Scheyville NP is near Windsor in north-western Sydney.

David Hair

If you haven't signed off from Birding-aus for Chrsitmas, could you possibly please forward this? Ta:
Scheyville NP 23/12/2004, saw two red-chested Button-quail, just south of Schofiled Rd. Female was just wlking along the track in pasture and nicely identifiable.  Obvious whitish-greyish and patterned head and neck with whitish eyebrow; rich orange-buff breast clearly demarcated from head colour.  This bird more closely matched the picture in my old Slater rather than the Pizzey and Doyle.  The female wandered along the track about 20m in front of me for about 8m or so and disappeared into the grass.  As I turned around I flushed a paler bird from the other side of the track, presumably a male.  I returned to where the female had disappeared into the grass and flushed her giving good views in flight as she flew away, also showing buff flanks.  I also heard two pheasant coucals calling, first one then another, in grassland near the same area.
Stacks of birds here and in the section of the park near the NPWS office.  Had hoped to get Speckled Warbler but dipped, however I was stoked to get the buttonquail.  If anybody wants any further details of where I saw them call me (0404293536). 
Frank Hemmings
List of birds seen/heard as follows (in no particular order):
Red-chested Button-quail
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
White-throated Gerygone (heard)
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Superb Fairy-wren
White-browed Scrub-wren
Brown-headed Honeyeater(abundant)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Red Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Miner
Bell Miner
Australian Raven
Grey Butcherbird
Dusky Woodswallow
Rufous Whistler
Eastern Yellow Robin
Jacky Winter
Grey Shrike-thrush
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Olive-backed Oriole
Peaceful Dove (heard)
Spotted Turtledove (heard)
Common Mynah
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Eastern Whipbird
White-winged Triller
Koel (heard)
Pheasant Coucal (heard)
Red-browed Finch
Double-barred Finch
Nutmeg Mannikin
Crested Shriketit
Shining Bronze-cuckoo (heard)
Eastern Rosella
Ranibow Lorikeet
Crimson Rosella
Welcome Swallow
Golden-headed Cisticola
Australian Reed Warbler
White-throated Treecreeper
Sacred Kingfisher
Purple Swamphen
Brown Goshawk

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