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Western Quail-thrush

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MalePhoto by Mike Bouette100 km south of Wiluna, Western Australia, August 2016
Photo by Mike Bouette
100 km south of Wiluna, Western Australia, August 2016
Cinclosoma marginatum


[edit] Identification

21 - 25cm (8¼-9¾ in)

  • Dark warm olive-brown upperparts
  • Reddish-brown upper breast
  • Face pattern like other Quail-thrushes, white eyebrow, broad white streak on side of black throat, rest greyish-brown
  • Black lower breast, cinnamon-yellow flanks, black line between flanks and white belly
FemalePhoto by Mike BouetteNiagara dam Goldfields, Western Australia, August, 2016
Photo by Mike Bouette
Niagara dam Goldfields, Western Australia, August, 2016


[edit] Distribution

Found in central Western Australia, southwest Northern Territory and extreme northwest South Australia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush or in Cinnamon Quail-thrush.

[edit] Habitat

Stony hills with scrubby vegetation. Prefers low acacia-covered ridges.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, spiders and seeds.
Forages on the ground, slowly walking. Elusive and shy.

[edit] Breeding

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.

[edit] Movements

Resident species with some local dispersal according to rainfall.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. 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
  3. 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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