A Lanquid Buttonquail

To: Laurie Knight <>
Subject: A Lanquid Buttonquail
From: Allan Richardson <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 11:26:19 +1100
Hi Laurie,

Everything sounds right in the ball park for Painted Button-quail - you could 
rule out smaller BQ’s like Little and Red-chested on size alone and, apart from 
the potential for Brown Quail, they are going to be the only confusion risks in 
BQ group. The habitat and flushing behaviour is on the money for PABQ. BRQU 
usually squeak as they take off but their brown colouration is going to be a 



> On 24 Jan 2022, at 7:49 pm, Laurie Knight <> wrote:
> G’day
> I have flushed a single buttonquail on three occasions in recent days while 
> walking the dog through an echidna/koala-hosting grassy woodland/forest on 
> the lower slopes of a large hill in greater Brisbane.  The native grasses are 
> generally knee high clumps and medium density.  
> The flushing distance for the bird typically around 5 metres.  It flies about 
> 20 to 30 metres at a height of two metres in a straight line with very little 
> wing noise.  There are no contact or alarm calls.
> I am thinking it is probably a Painted BQ, but am not sure if the behaviour 
> is typical of the species.
> Regards, Laurie
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