Brown Quail Breeding

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Subject: Brown Quail Breeding
From: "Marnix Zwankhuizen" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2007 18:38:23 +1100
I was back out at Lake Ginninderra this afternoon. In the rain I found two pair of Brown Quail. One pair had two much smaller young birds with them. One adult flushed calling. The other adult raced off with the two youngsters trailing behind, one of which was quite light and similar in appearance to a Stubble Quail I thought. They didnt take to the air until I almost stood on them the second time around. The adult bird flushed calling and the two young birds flew off in separate directions, all landing not more than 10-20 metres away. The Quail were calling frequently with their typical whistle call as well.
I didnt notice any of the Brown Quail land face first as per the guides, but rather landed bum first like Stubble Quail. Despite this I got so many good views that proved unmistakeably the id of the species.
There are also plenty of juvenile Dusky Woodswallows around at the moment.
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