swamp quail

To: Andrew Stafford <>
Subject: swamp quail
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 15:13:54 +1000
Hi Andrew and b'ausers,

Marie and I also saw about 10 'Swamp' Quail recently on Bruny Island and at the time failed to see any distinguishing features. They certainly didn't appear any larger in size, plumage looked pretty similar too (though I must admit I didn't notice the iris colour either).
Would welcome some comments from others on the list who are familiar with them.

Tom Tarrant

Andrew Stafford wrote:
Hi all,
While doing some survey work on Walker Island in north-west Tasmania earlier this week, I came across a covey of Swamp (Brown) Quail feeding on the track. Previously recognised as a full species in its own right, I was keen to have a close look at these birds, and paid particular attention to the bird's iris, which is meant to be pale yellow, one of the characteristics that distinguishes it from its counterparts on the mainland.
Tom & Marie Tarrant
Samsonvale, Queensland 4520

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