Painted Button Quail in garden

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Subject: Painted Button Quail in garden
From: "Matthew Taylor" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 13:37:58 +1100
A somewhat surprising addition was made to my garden list (Balgowlah Heights, 
Lower North Shore, Sydney) on Friday when I returned home early afternoon on 
Friday to discover a quail disappearing rapidly into the denser undergrowth.  I 
assumed it to be a brown quail as these are common in the nearby bush (Sydney 
Harbour National Park).
A bit of stalking and waiting ultimately revealed a splendid painted button 
quail who scratched around making circular depressions in the leaf litter.  It 
was silent except for one single 'bark' - a vocalisation not noted in any of 
the field guides I have (Simpson/Day, Morecombe, Pizzey/knight).   Sadly it 
only remained that afternoon/evening and by next morning had gone.

Anyone have any idea whether this is likely to be;
a) aviary escape
b) drought driven nomad
c) other?



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