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NSW SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Queensland, the maximum EOO in NSW is calculated at 260 km2 and the maximum AOO is 38 km2.

Severe fragmentation:

The Black-breasted Button-quail’s population and habitat are severely fragmented (Garnett & Crowley 2000). Small, resident populations in fragments are susceptible to heavy predation, and the species is predicted to decline to extinction in fragmented habitat in the medium term in the absence of conservation measures (Smyth & Pavey 2001). The species’ range in NSW is also severely fragmented. For example, the formerly extensive Big Scrub in northern NSW is reduced to small, scattered remnants, and the Tweed, Richmond and upper Clarence Valleys are extensively cleared for agriculture, leaving remaining rainforest reserves and state forests as virtual ‘islands’. Habitat remnants in NSW are inferred to be under the same pressures as in Queensland (Smyth & Pavey 2001), from impacts such as fire, drought and other degradation. The Black-breasted Button-quail is also inferred to be subject to predation by introduced carnivores.

References:

Barrett G, Silcocks A, Barry S, Cunningham R, Poulter R (2003) ‘The New Atlas of Australian Birds’. (RAOU: Melbourne)

Barrett GW, Silcocks AF, Cunningham R, Oliver DL, Weston MA, Baker J (2007) Comparison of atlas data to determine the conservation status of bird species in New South Wales, with an emphasis on woodland-dependent species. Australian Zoologist 34, 37-77.

Blakers M, Davies SJJF, Reilly PN (1984) ‘The Atlas of Australian Birds’. University Press: Melbourne)

Melbourne

Garnett S, Crowley G (Eds) (2000) ‘The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000’. (Environment Australia: Canberra)

Gosper DG (1986) Birds in the Richmond River district, NSW, 1973-1983. I. Distribution. Corella 10, 1-16.

Gosper DG (1992) Forest bird communities in the Richmond River district, New South Wales. Corella 16, 78-88.

Gosper DG, Holmes G (2002) Status of birds in the Richmond River district, New South Wales, 1973-2000. Corella 26, 89-105.

Hamley T, Flower P, Smith GC (1997) Present and past distribution of the Black-breasted Button-quail Turnix melanogaster (Gould) in Queensland. Sunbird 27, 1-21.

Lees N, Smith GC (1999) Use of mature Hoop plantation by the vulnerable Black-breasted Button-quail (Turnix melanogaster). Australian Forestry 62, 330-335.

ESTABLISHED UNDER THE THREATENED SPECIES CONSERVATION ACT 1995

Contact Address: C/o PO Box 1967 Hurstville BC NSW 1481

Telephone: (02) 9585 6940 Facsimile: (02) 9585 6989

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