Call of Red-chested Button-quail and Chestnut-backed Button-quail

To: "Vella" <>, <>
Subject: Call of Red-chested Button-quail and Chestnut-backed Button-quail
From: "Michael Todd" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 17:20:43 +1000
Hello Edwin,

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.


Mick Todd

Michael Todd
Tropical Savannas CRC
PO Box 780, Atherton, Qld, 4883
Phone- (07) 40918837

-----Original Message-----
 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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