In my opinion, the call of the Red-chested Button-quail is similar to that
of the Red-backed Button-quail. Much higher in pitch than the bigger BQ like
Painted and Chestnut-backed etc. At times I have felt that I could separate
the RCBQ and the RBBQ on call, but this has only been when the 2 have been
calling at around the same time and place,when I'd been seeing the 2 birds
in the same places. I certainly couldn't separate them on call now.
On the subject of button-quail calling, I was fortunate enough to come
across CBBQ fairly regularly during the wet season at a certain spot in the
NT. Having an interest in button-quail I would stop here whenever I had the
chance. I was of the impression that the call of the CBBQ had a bit more of
a tremulous nature than that of the Painted Button-quail, which I thought it
otherwise sounded similar to. I noticed this most often when I was pretty
close to the offending bird. Has anyone else noticed this?
I'd also like to alert people to the significance of any Chestnut-backed
Button-quail nests or dead birds for that matter, that people may come
across. I am reliably informed that there are 2 different types of eggs
being laid by button-quail that are currently being called Chestnut-backed
Button-quail. Seeing as the CBBQ has a bit of a patchy distribution,the
possibility exists that there is a cryptic species hidden here somewhere and
any specimens or photographs of nests and eggs would be valuable.
Tropical Savannas CRC
PO Box 780, Atherton, Qld, 4883
Phone- (07) 40918837
Behalf Of Vella
Sent: Thursday, 5 October 2000 5:57 AM
Subject: Call of Red-chested Button-quail
Does anybody know the call of the Red-chested Button-quail.? Can someone
describe it and compare to the other Button-quail calls.
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