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Turnix varius

9 Painted Buttonquail at Aranda, ACT

Turnix varius at Aranda, ACT - 20 Feb 2022
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Identification history

Turnix varius 13 May 2022 Liam.m
Turnix varius 13 May 2022 Liam.m
Unidentified 12 May 2022 chromo

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Significant sighting

13 May 2022

Rare breeding event of this uncommon species near extinction on Black Mountain

User's notes

Quail of some sort. Found on a trail. Were given to ACT Wildlife.


natureguy wrote:
   13 May 2022
Should be flagged as significant but doesn't seem to be working at the moment (as with other moderator permissions e.g. confirmation). Already a rare species locally, it isn't a great surprise that they have been breeding after having such a bumper season lately. However, it is still a rather rare event and especially in an area fairly isolated from other woodland and surrounded by suburbia. Even though they are a breeding resident, even normal records are scarce and there are only 3 breeding records in the COG database. @MichaelMulvaney @michaelb
chromo wrote:
   13 May 2022
I hadn't realised this was a rare species so I will add that one of them was not moving much when I found them and that the person from ACT Wildlife said they appeared to be malnourished.
   13 May 2022
I think it is very rare to get a photo of young birds like this. One possible explanation is the adult or adults being deceased, perhaps from a feral cat or fox, but there could be any other possible explanation.
natureguy wrote:
   14 May 2022
Yes, I agree Matthew. This is the first photos I've ever seen of young ones.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 2 Abundance
  • 20 Feb 2022 11:48 AM Recorded on
  • chromo Recorded by

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