Black-breasted Button-quail
  • Last updated:
  • 28 Aug 2019

A breeding population of the vulnerable Black-breasted Button-quail (Turnix melanogaster) was recently discovered on private property at Kenilworth. In partnership with the landholder, council has been able to undertake fauna camera monitoring. This is to modify Lantana control activities to avoid disturbing these elusive birds. It has also allowed monitoring and control measures for wild dogs and foxes. Both are invasive predators that are a direct threat to these ground-dwelling birds. The best news is that their habitat on this property is protected in the long-term through a  Nature Refuge, Covenant and Voluntary Conservation Agreement. This is an excellent example of a landholder, council and the State Government working together to protect threatened species.