Red-chested Button-quail in captivity

Subject: Red-chested Button-quail in captivity
From: HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude <>
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2000 18:39:33 +1000

I was waiting for someone to put a little commonsense and Departmental
knowledge into the Painted Button-Quail discussion.  It is difficult to
put the tag on "Aviary escapee" when a bird is a known possibility in or
near the particular area, especially a nomadic species.  A Princess
Parrot in Melbourne, on the other hand would be.  When I was an
aviculturist in a "past life" in Ballarat, aviary escapees were often
mentioned at the ASA meetings.  I, in fact, let go a Northern Rosella
one day when I was feeding them.  Dad was impressed as he had only had
it for a couple of months.  I believe that it mated up with a Eastern
Rosella and was seen for a couple of years after, offspring???  

DNR data bank of wildlife permits would be a good place to look if
anyone is after captivity data for Aust. birds.  This database should
have records for about 15 - 20 years based on quarterly returns by
wildlife fanciers.


John Harris

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