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

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Subject: Red-chested Button-quail...unusual behaviour.
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005 16:47:41 +1000
    Has anyone witnessed similar behavior with Quail or Button-quail?

Yes.... Del's observation reminds me of something similar I saw recently in the Capertee Valley (NSW). While driving I noticed a bird on the edge of the road, so I stopped the car and turned around and there was a Painted Button-quail slowly moving out onto the middle of the road, swaying back and forth as if it was about to fall over. It didn't look well! However, when I got out of the car to see what was wrong with it, it promptly recovered and ran off into the roadside vegetation. This was a few weeks ago and I can't remember if it was a male or female.

It seems to be a good year for PBQs. Likewise Barn Owls, which I've seen a bit more than usual lately.



At 10:41 PM +1000 26/8/05, Del Richards wrote:
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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