Re: Red-chested Button-quail sighting, Western Queensland

To: "'Carl Billingham'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Red-chested Button-quail sighting, Western Queensland
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 14:02:07 +0930
Whilst on the subject of Grasswrens, on Thursday ( 7/6/07),   I happened
to see  (briefly) a Grasswren just off the side of the road in a
floodway about halfway between Karratha and Whim Creek (after getting
the R-l Crake).  I didn't realise at the time but my books tell me the
only Gws in that area would be Striated so it looks like I fluked a ssp
tick. (Amytornis striatus whitei).  We had only stopped in our mad dash
back to Karratha because we saw some subpallidus BFCS - another ssp
We missed the ssp Spinifex Pigeons though, forgot all about them and
forgot to look at Whim Creek where Rohan had seen them.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Carl Billingham
Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2007 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: Red-chested Button-quail sighting,Western


Do you have a GPS waypoint for the Little BQ?

I was out west a month ago and whilst looking for Grey Grasswren just
before Coopers Crossing at S27 30.213 E141 56.553 my mate and I
disturbed a lot of Little Button Quail (the white flanks were quite

While we were there we came across a BQ at close range that remained
stationary for a while before wandering off.  We couldn't positively
identify it because it didn't appear to exactly resemble the
illustrations in any of our guide books.  We both felt it was probably a
Red-chested BQ but because we were disturbing Little BQ all around us
(~20-30) neither of us was willing to make the call.  It appeared to
have bright rufous around the face, ear coverts, possibly a collar, and
then appeared to extend down the sides of the breast.  It was still pale
underneath and the boundaries to the rufous areas were patchy.  Both my
mate and I have been scratching our heads since as to what we saw.
Anybody got any ideas?

The vegetation in the area was lignum and grasses.

Oh, and we kind of, sort of, saw the Grey Grasswren - pretty much like
everybody else I suspect...

Carl Billingham


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