Brown Quail on Lake Ginninderra

To: "COG" <>
Subject: Brown Quail on Lake Ginninderra
From: "Roger Curnow" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 20:06:14 +1100
Hi All
For the last couple of days there has been an easily viewable covey/family of three Brown Quail on the western edge of Lake Ginninderra,
not far south of MacDermott Place.
Two of the birds are on the grey side of brown, while the third is very much on the red side. Wondering whether the colour difference was an indicator of immaturity or a sex difference I checked out a few field guides. These pointed me in either or both directions; while Olsen x 2 & Crome state "Sexes similar, but female usually more heavily marked black. "
They mention a red morph. I am never sure what a morph is, would one expect different morphs in the same covey?
Given good views which are available should one be able to decide the sex & maturity of the three birds?
or near by. The colour distinction in real life is at least as great as that in the photos.
    roger curnow
Apologies if this goes up twice, i am having some computer problems.
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