Red-backed button-quail numbers are dwindling.
Red-backed button-quail numbers are dwindling.

Button-quail numbers on the decline



HAVE you seen a red-backed button-quail?

If so, the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation wants to hear from you.

The quail has recently been placed on the Vulnerable Species List by the NSW Scientific Committee because of dwindling numbers.

NSW Scientific Committee chairperson Dr Lesley Hughes said by placing the quail on the list, it would lead to a recovery plan for the bird.

"We don't know a lot about the species, they are quite rare," she said.

"(The listing) will hopefully draw people's attention to sending in records if they see it so we can gather a bit more information about where it still is."

The red-backed button-quail is a ground dwelling bird found in grasslands and woodlands near water. Its plumage consists of black spots along its back, with brown covering its shoulders and collar. It is distinguished by its yellow beak.



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