Little Button-quail???

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Subject: Little Button-quail???
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 02:25:23 +0000
I offer this report on an unusual bird seen at Mallacoota (VIC) for:
(1) suggestions as to what else it could have been other than a female LBQ;
(2) a suggestion that the species might be irrupting into unexpected spots
(noting a recent confirmed sighting in Northern ACT which seems to on tte
edge of the more expected range).

My notes from the observation were:

> Fairly small quail/buttonquail shaped bird. Plain, light brown breast and
> light brown back with lighter streaks. Other than this overall light brown
> look and feel the most obvious field mark was a white/very pale line above
> the eye. The bird was walking about in a small cleared patch between some
> pittosporum shrubs. I was unable to relocate it when I returned with a
> camera. Checking Pizzey and Knight my best guess is Little Buttonquail, but
> I appreciate the nearest records are about 250km away.

Martin Butterfield
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