Red-backed and Red-chested Button-quails in the Sydney Hawkesbury Area

To: Edwin Vella <>, Birding-aus <>
Subject: Red-backed and Red-chested Button-quails in the Sydney Hawkesbury Area
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 13:05:42 +1100 (EST)
Myself, Steve Roderick and Craig Anderson made the trip down to the Cuppit's Lane site on Saturday morning (11/02). Ran into Alan McBride and Murray Lord out there and between the 5 of us we managed the following:
3 King Quail, 10+ Stubble Quail, 15+ Brown Quail and a possible Red-backed Button-quail. Alan and I were the only ones to get a reasonable view of the bird which was a similar size, if not a tad smaller, to the King Quail and had obviously rich rufous colouring on the flanks and around the back on the neck. We tried in vain to find it a second time, despite it flushing only a short distance. This bird was up near the edge of the Paspalum etc to Cornwallis Rd. I have not seen this bird in such (difficult) habitat before, having only seen it previously in savannah woodlands in the Top End, where views were much better. So I guess that's a 'maybe' to answer your question.
Incidentally, we then went out to Maroubra with pretty scant directions to the Orange Chat. We made a bee-line to the flag on top of the hill above the rifle range and managed reasonably good views of the bird (which appeared to have an obviously yellow rump, more distinct than the other features). Regrettably, we didn't think to search the waters for pelagics, which possibly cost us some possible Streaked Shearwaters as it turns out. We also tried in vain for Greenfinches at Eastlakes Golf Course.
Further to Mick Todd's report of Red-backed Bquail on Kooragang Island, we went looking for these birds, but found only Brown Quail (easily 20+ birds) and the 6 Yellow Wags back on Ash.

Edwin Vella <> wrote:
Did anyone see any more of these over the past weekend?

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