Alternative names: Chestnut-breasted Groundbird; Chestnut-breasted Babbling-thrush; Black-vented Ground-thrush
- Cinclosoma castaneothorax
21 - 25cm.
- Warm olive-brown upperparts
- Rich cinnamon-yellow upper breast
- Face pattern like other Quail-thrushes, white eyebrow, broad white streak on side of black throat, rest greyish-brown
- Chestnut upperparts
- Black lower breast, cinnamon-yellow flanks, black broken line between flanks and white belly
Found in east Australia (Central Queensland south to north-central New South Wales).
This is a monotypic species.
Western Quail-thrush was formerly included in this species. Also the subspecies alisteri of Cinnamon Quail-thrush (no eleveated to a full species, Nullarbor Quail-thrush) used to be included in this species.
Stony hills with scrubby vegetation. Prefers low acacia-covered ridges.
Feeds on insects, spiders and seeds.
Forages on the ground, slowly walking. Elusive and shy.
Breeding season variable, does not breed at all in drought. The nest is a loose bowl of grass, leaves and twigs placed on the ground under a tree or shrub. Lays 2 eggs.
Resident species with some local dispersal according to rainfall.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
- Simpson, K and N Day. 1998. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4877-5
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