Red-chested Button-quail...unusual behaviour.

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Subject: Red-chested Button-quail...unusual behaviour.
From: "Del Richards" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 22:41:56 +1000
Last Wednesday (24/08/05) in the Wet Tropics was very windy for the most of the day making birding somewhat difficult particularly in sighting smaller species effectively.
    Whilst driving on an ashphalt road near Julatten I rounded a corner and noted what appeared to be a large brown eucalypt leaf well ahead on the road.
    For a time I looked elsewhere and then noted that the leaf indeed was a Red-chested Button-quail. Stopping the vehicle within metres of the bird we watched as it swayed back and forth in a constant movement. I then backed up in an effort to have the rear passengers view the bird.
    Given space the button-quail walked on calmly across the road and out of view.
    Upon analysing the circumstances I reckon the button-quail was responding to being caught out in the open and I find it most interesting that it continued on it's way despite being able to retreat one metre into roadside cover.
    Has anyone witnessed similar behavior with Quail or Button-quail?
Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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