Re: Howes Valley- button quail

Subject: Re: Howes Valley- button quail
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 09:58:35 +1100

Colin wrote "I forgot to mention in my previous Howes Valley post that there were
Red-backed Button-quail there- is that a bit west for them? Unless I am
mistaken- I got the best look at a female and particularly noted the rusty
patch at the back of the neck and a distinctly dark crown.

I'd be prepared to wager a fair amount on these birds being Painted B-Quail.  Habitat wasn't mentioned but Red-backed B-quail are (to my mind) more a wetter grassland bird and not frequently recorded in NSW and then generally the Northern Rivers/Mid North Coast area.  I'm sure Alan Morris could give a better overview of recent records.


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