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19

Australian Logrunner

(Orthonyx temminckii)
Alternate name(s): "Spinetail", "Spine-tailed Log-runner", "Australian Logrunner"; misnomer: "Scrub-quail"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "temminckii": "wangum" [Gold Coast]; "chowchilla*"

Size: 18-21 cm
Weight: 58-71 g (male), 49-58 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Australian Logrunner at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "temminckii"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Australian Logrunner (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2013]

Dorsal view of a male Australian Logrunner under ferns; note the spiny tail feathers
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, July 2009]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female Australian Logrunner; note the orange "bib"
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Near-lateral view of a female Australian Logrunner moving around in the underbrush
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Lateral view of a female Australian Logrunner
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Lateral view of a female Australian Logrunner, right, with a male at the back left (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, August 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial? Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Pair

We have observed the Australian Logrunners' vigorous sideways scratching technique, which they use to forage in leaf litter and topsoil.

Frontal view of a male Australian Logrunner scratching in leaf litter
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Lateral view of a male Australian Logrunner scratching in leaf litter
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a male Australian Logrunner scratching in leaf litter
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Sometimes, when staying still for a moment, foraging Australian Logrunners can give the impression of sitting on a nest on the ground
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

logrun_20140522_2.mp3 temminckii
(SE QLD)
Contact call © MD
logrun_20140522_9.mp3 temminckii
(SE QLD)
Q&As © MD
logrun_20140522_8.mp3 temminckii
(SE QLD)
Alarm call? © MD
logrun_20140522_7.mp3 temminckii
(SE QLD)
Territorial dispute © MD
logrun_20140526.mp3 temminckii
(SE QLD)
Annoyed call? © MD
logrun_20140522_5.mp3 temminckii
(SE QLD)
In-flight (arrival) © MD
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