Brown Quail on Lake Ginninderra

To: "'Roger Curnow'" <>, "'COG'" <>
Subject: Brown Quail on Lake Ginninderra
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 23:33:40 +1100
Hi Roger,
Whilst I won't add anything specific about the Brown Quail beyond what you have already got.
About I am never sure what a morph is,  I would add a morph is simply a permanent form, in particular indicating a variation from another form, as in there is never one morph, always two or more, simply to indicate that there is some difference. It is also, a term distinct from a phase, which changes in an individual over time.
About would one expect different morphs in the same covey? Well yes, certainly, or one might not actually expect it, but there is no reason why it would not occur. As in two blue eyed people can't have a brown eyed child but two brown eyed people can have a blue eyed child. But it may well be that the inheritance mechanism is not known in the case of these birds or it may be more complex than this simple single gene recessive in human brown / blue eye colour.
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From: Roger Curnow [
Sent: Friday, 3 April 2009 8:06 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Brown Quail on Lake Ginninderra

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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