Buff-breasted Button-quail Pix

To: <>, carl clifford <>
Subject: Buff-breasted Button-quail Pix
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 00:04:49 +1030
G'day all
The only Buff BBQ's I've seen (a pair at Mt Mulligan in Aug 2004) were nearly 
trodden on by me before I saw them burst into flight from right beside me. The 
smaller male bird flew pretty much straight ahead & dropped about 20mtrs away, 
while the 2nd bird (huge female) flew ahead for a few mtrs & then curved left & 
back up the hill back past me & then dropped only 10mtrs from me. I tried to 
find her without moving toward where she had landed, but I had no luck 
whatsoever - after 10mins I decided to move slowly to where she landed, but 
there was no sign of her. 
They seem are a very hard bird to observe once flushed, no doubt about that 
My good mate Adam Arnold (a very competent local birder), followed up my 
sighting a fortnight later & was fortunate enough to have both birds sighted 
clearly at the exact same spot from where I'd flushed them. He saw them before 
they burst & had a very good look at them - no photos were taken.
I guess this illustrates that the key would be to find where they are, then 
just sit & wait for them to approach - there seems little point in bashing 
country looking for them & hoping you will see them for a photo before they 
With Richard's, Tony's & my observations in mind, it seems that they would be 
near impossible to find again immediately after flushing them - better to hit 
the same patch much later & just sit, wait & hope....
Martin Cachard
0428 782 808
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> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 22:31:13 +1000
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Buff-breasted Button-quail Pix - ask an aviculturalist
> Carl,
> I would be williing to bet the few dollars I have at my disposal that the 
> reference you site in fact means Black-breasted Button-quail. These are far 
> from unknown in captivity. Buff-breasteds are a different story.
> Reading Richard and Tony's stories I'm reminded how ridiculously lucky I was 
> with these birds. I wandered into the area in the late morning to do a bit of 
> reconnaisance, intending to come back early the next day. I flushed a female 
> Buff-breasted BQ within 15 minutes and, not surprisingly, could scarcely 
> believe my eyes! I came back and repeated the trick for the next two days 
> straight :)
> At that time they hadn't been seen for years. And apart from a sighting by 
> Pete Lansley a few weeks later, not since.
> Andrew
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