RE: Platelets

To: "Birding Services Brisbane" <>
Subject: RE: Platelets
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:59:15 +1100
Thanks, everybody, for your responses.  Most responses were similar to
Roy's below, that they were probably Brown Quail, with a couple of
suggestions that they might also be Stubble Quail, but less likely.

And I now know what platelets are, and that I probably won't be seeing
any if they're not button-quails.

In hindsight, the best thing I think I could have done to improve my
view of them would have been to not just stand there stunned for several
seconds.  I'll know next time.

Peter Shute

Birding Services Brisbane wrote on Wednesday, 28 November 2007 11:47 AM:

> Hi Peter
> Platelets are saucer shaped depressions dug by some species of
> button-quail as they forage.  They basically turn around in a circle
> scratching as they go and eating any edible things they find.
> Species such as Black-breasted Button-quail can churn out several in
> a minute when they are busy.  They are a very good indication that
> button-quail are around.
> I would say that your quail are Brown Quail from what you have
> described.
> Cheers
> Roy
> Roy Sonnenburg
> Birding Services Brisbane
> Ph 07 32566952    Fax  07 32567692

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