Re: Painted Button-quail in suburbia

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Subject: Re: Painted Button-quail in suburbia
From: "Ian Clark" <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 20:21:24 +1100

>Morning all,
>I too am reluctant to rule out the 'natural occurrence theory' re Painted
>Button-quail in inner urban Melbourne.  I have seen a pair at Blackburn
>Sanctuary (c. 30 ha reserve, c 15 km east of Melbourne CBD, essentially
>from other native vegetation by at least a kilometre or two of residential
>suburbia), running around making platelets, etc., just as 'normal wild
birds' do
>when you see them miles from suburbia.  I can also recall reports of them
>into windows at Clayton (c. 20 km south-east of Melbourne CBD), and Balwyn
>10 km east of Melbourne CBD).  Added to Rohan's observations, these records
>the question of the 'aviary escapee  theory': where do you draw the line
>likely aviary escapees and likely wild birds as you move from the CBD,
>inner suburbs, outer suburbs, and eventually native bush beyond the
>Paul Peake.
I  dont know if there are any guide lines ,more than likely there wouldn't
be ,they  wouldn't be workable
 I tend to  work along the lines  of  if you see more than one  of a species
or a small group  it is not likely to be an escapee   although you cant rule
out deliberate release
also you need to consider  if the bird is common in aviculture or not , an
avicultural background might help here
I also consider if the bird is in or out of habitat  for instance  a lone
superb parrot ,Diamond dove  or zebra finch in a Melbourne  back yard is
likely to be an escapee
A group of button quail in remnant vegetation are likely to be wild birds

This reminds me of the long billed corellas which have set up their  "feral"
populations  all over the country . I still wonder if our locals here along
the yarra  are derived from released stock  or natural spread from the
western districts
Then there is the crested pigeons down  bayside  I would think they were
deliberatly   released (easily bred in aviculture ,difficult to sell or low
value) Or have bred from deliberatly released  birds
 At the end of the day its still a guess

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