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Order Passeriformes    Family Cinclosomatidae

The Australasian family Cinclosomatidae contains the quail-thrushes and jewel-babblers.  This is a different family from either quails or thrushes, but quail-thrushes bare a superficial resemblance to these other birds. The quail-thrushes are largely brown above, the colur varying to provide camouflage against the soil, but are more boldly marked with black and white below. They are terrestrial birds which fly fairly weakly and prefer to squat or run when disturbed. They forage on the ground feeding mainly on insects and other invertebrates.

Genus Cinclosoma

Quail-thrush, Chestnut  also  Chestnut-backed Quail-Thrush  Cinclosoma castanotum  Found: Australasia
Image by: 1) David Cook - Gluepot Reserve, South Australia, Australia  2) Kevin1243 - Gluepot Reserve

Quail-thrush, Chestnut-breasted   Cinclosoma castaneothorax  Found: Australasia
Image by: 1) David Cook  2) Jeremy Ringma

Quail-thrush, Cinnamon   Cinclosoma cinnamomeum  Found: Australia
Image by: 1) Ron Knight - South Australia  2) Brent Backhouse - South Australia

Quail-thrush, Painted   Cinclosoma ajax  Found: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
Image by: 1) Nicholas Le Jeune 2) Elrina753

Quail-thrush, Spotted   Cinclosoma punctatum  Found: Australia
Image by: 1) Oystercatcher  2) Aviceda - SE Queensland 3) Lip Kee - Victoria
1) Female   2, 3) Male

Genus Ptilorrhoa
The jewel-babblers resemble the quail-thrushes in shape, being plump, long-tailed and short winged. They are adapted to life on the forest floor. The plumage of this genus is the most striking divergence from the quail-thrushes, having large amounts of blue and often with chestnut on the back. The throats of all species are white and the patch is mostly surrounded by a black edge.

Jewel-Babbler, Blue  Ptilorrhoa caerulescens  Found: New Guinea.
Image by: 1) Nicholas Le Jeune

Jewel-Babbler, Spotted  Ptilorrhoa leucosticta  Found: New Guinea.
Image by: 1) Joseph Smit


Order Passeriformes    Family Dasyornithidae

The Bristlebirds, of family Dasyornithidae, are found in Australia, This family contains only one genus. These birds were originally placed in the same family as the Peep-wrens of family Pardalotidae. They are usually found on the ground and only fly for small distances.

Genus Dasyornis

Bristlebird, Eastern  Dasyornis brachypterus  Found: Australia
Image by: 1, 2) David Cook

Bristlebird, Rufous Dasyornis broadbentis  Found:  Australia
Image by: 1, 2) sunphlo - victoria

Bristlebird, Western  Dasyornis longirostris  Found: Australia
The Western Bristlebird rufous upperparts with dark brown under surface feathers yielding scalloped look; off-white neck, face; red eyes.
Image by: 1) Ray Wilson

Order Passeriformes    Family Orthonychidae

The family Orthonychidae contains the logrunners. They are found in Australasia. The spend most of their life on near the ground and thus have evolved to have poor flighj. Similar to woodpeckers, they stiffen their tails while feeding. In the case of logrunners, the use their spiny tail for support while digging in the soil.

Genus Orthonyx

Chowchilla  Orthonyx spaldingii  Found: Australia
The Chowchilla has dark-brown upperparts, head; white eye-ring. Male has white throat, underparts. Female has rufous throat, upper-breast; white lower-breast, belly.
Image by: 1, 2) Dave Curtis
1, 2) Female

Logrunner, Australian  Orthonyx temminckii  Found: Australia
Image by: 1) Aviceda - Lamington NP, SE Queensland, Australia  2, 3)  David Cook - Springbrook National Park, Queensland, Australia
1, 2) Male  3) Female

Logrunner, Papuan  Orthonyx novaeguineae   Found: New Guinea
The Papuan Logrunner has dark brown upperparts; gray head with dark rufous-brown crown; black upper-wing coverts; 2 white wing-bars; white chin, throat, underparts; gray flanks; black legs.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2)


Order Passeriformes    Family Pardalotidae

The Pardalote or Peep-Wrens have only one genus. They are very small, brightly coloured birds native to Australia, with short tails, strong legs, and stubby blunt beaks.These birds were originally placed in the same family as the flowerpeckers because of similar shape and bright coloring. However, DNA evidence now indicates they are unrelated. The Peep-Wrens are related to the members of the Acanthizidae family, Both families are found in Australasia.

Genus Pardalotus

Pardalote, Forty Spotted  Pardalotus quadragintus  Found: Tasmania
The Forty-spotted Pardalote has greenish-brown upperparts, head; olive rump;dull yellow under-tail; white breast with yellowish tints; black wings with white tips.
Image by: 1) Nomdeplumb - Maria Island, off the coast of Tasmania  2) David Cook

Pardalote,_Red-browed  Pardalotus rubricatus  Found: Australia
The Red-browed Pardalote has black crown with white spots; yellow to buff supercilium; reddish brow; yellow breast patch, wing patches.
Image by: 1) Tom Tarrant  2) Ron_Knight

Pardalote, Spotted  Pardalotus punctatus  Found: Australia
The Sptted Pardalote has dark upperparts with white spots over most of upperparts. They always nest in tunnels.
Image by: 1, 2) Arthur Chapman  3) JJ Harrison in Tasmania, Australia 4, 5) David Cook - Wamboin, NSW, Australia

Pardalote, Striated  Pardalotus striatus  Found: Australia
The Striated Pardalote has olive upperparts; black crown and most subspecies have white streaks on the crown; white eyebrow with yellow spot near the bill.
Image by: 1) Bushie   2, 3) David Cook


Order Passeriformes    Family Psophodidae

Whipbirds and wedgebills are 19–31 cm long. They are mainly olive-green or brown in colour and have a crest, They are sometimes included in family Cinclosomatidae.

Genus Androphobus - 1 species

Whipbird,_Papaun  Androphobus viridis  Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1)

Genus Psophodes

Wedgebill,_Chiming   Psophodes occidentalis   Found: Australia
Image by: 1) Chocolateoak  2) Geoff_Jones

Wedgebill,_Chirruping  Psophodes cristatus  Found: Australia
Image by: 1) Peter_Jacobs  2) Dave_Curtis

Whipbird, Eastern  Psophodes olivaceus  Found: Australia
Image by: 1, 2) David Cook - Broulee, NSW, Australia
3) Juvenile

Whipbird,_Western  Psophodes nigrogularis  Found: southern Australia
The Western Whipbird has olive-green upperparts; black throat; white cheek stripe; pale olive-green underparts.
Image by: 1) John_Gould  2) JackSnipe

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