Red-chested Button-Quail on Black Mountain

Subject: Red-chested Button-Quail on Black Mountain
From: Peter Milburn <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 10:14:01 +1100
Late yesterday afternoon I had the freakish good fortune to witness 2 male and 1 female Red-chested Button-Quail walk past my feet on Black Mountain under, the big power lines that parallel Barry Drive. This was quite close to the car park with the big stile

I was looking for orchids (Paracaleana minor) in head high grass when I noticed a movement in the grass. The birds wandered right past me (within 1 metre) before they flushed. This is the best view I have had of this species and I am absolutely certain of the identification. They are an irruptive species and adding this to the sighting from Umbagong the chances are that they will be around in greater numbers than just those reported so far.

My camera was in its case of course but I think they would have spooked anyway if I had moved a muscle towards it. I had forgotten the curious way that they fly up vertically out of the grass, skim over the seed heads and then suddenly drop to ground only a short distance away.

Sorry for the late notice but these are busy times.


Dr P.J Milburn
Technology Specialist
Australian Cancer Research Foundation Biomolecular Resource Facility
John Curtin School of Medical Research
Australian National University
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