Little Button-quail???

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Subject: Little Button-quail???
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 07:44:46 +0000
Since posting this I have been told of a local (ie Mallacoota) photographer
with birding connections who heard a weird call and was able to track the
bird down and capture an image of a ... Pheasant Coucal!!!  I haven't seen
the photo, and my information is well up the chain of Chinese Whispers, but
it does seem to suggest that either:

   1. there are a wide range of unusual birds turning up in East Gippsland;
   2. someone has dropped some very interesting chemicals in the water
   supply of East Gippsland.

Personally I'd go for option 1.

Martin Butterfield

On 15 December 2016 at 13:25, Martin Butterfield <>

> 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; and
> (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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