Red-chested Button-quail in captivity

Subject: Red-chested Button-quail in captivity
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 11:31:56 +1000

Hi all,

Laurie Conole (the great RCBQ finder!) asked how common the species occurs in
aviculture.  I remember, from past aviculture experiences, that they were quite
rare in captivity and fetched high prices for breeding pairs.  RCBQ and
Black-breasted BQ were quite uncommon avairy birds, but then again, quail (apart
from King Quail) are not really that popular in avairy collections, with
exemptions of some specialist breeders collections.

In regards to finding-out about some species occurrence in a given area in
captivity, a check should be able to be performed by the wildlife licensing unit
of DNRE.  Being protected species, all persons keeping RCBQ would legally
require a permit/licence.  Alternatively, local branches of the Avicultural
Society of Australia would know about birds kept by fanciers in their local


Chris Tzaros

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