Mystery Bird + Brown Quail

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Subject: Mystery Bird + Brown Quail
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 17:00:56 +1000

Re-inflicted. This it?    In pre-breeding moult some males can appear virtually tailless.




From: pardalote [
Sent: Monday, 9 July 2012 4:37 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Mystery Bird + Brown Quail


Hi All

I went birding around the Dunlop ponds with my friend, Julian, today.  We saw some brown quails near Jarramlee pond, but when we were at Fassifern pond, we flushed a tiny bird with next-to-no tail.  It was rather furtive, so we never got a good view of the little guy.  As soon as we thought we had found him, he flew away into another clump of reeds.
We were wondering if anyone knows of any small water birds with a stumpy tail.  Unfortunately, that's all the information we have on this guy.

Thanks, Matt.

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