Chestnut Quail-thrush
Male, Spying an Insect
Chestnut Quail-thrush
Female, Profile
Chestnut Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Quail-thrush (Psophodidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Chestnut Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum)
This Photo:     Male, Back
Other name: Chestnut Backed Quail-thrush

Thank you Indra Bone, John Oliver & Owen Lishmund for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
The males like to get up onto a low branch and call. A bit like Bronze-wings, but a much higher frequency. Instead of sitting still they then rotate. From the distance the volume goes up and down as they turn and call in different directions. On this day, there were 4 of them on the same branch. Have never seen more than one doing it before.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Runs a lot. Easily confused with babbler, but much prettier when it stops.
Females have a blue-grey breast. In the males, the grey is replaced with a solid black, which contrasts with the white. White under, dark chestnut back.
A family regularly visits while we take a coffee break. They no longer seem too bothered by our presence.

Copyright © 2014-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 23-May-2014
This species is protected and classed as RA (Rare) under the National Parks & Wildlife, SA, Protection Act