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Rufous Shrike-thrush

(Colluricincla rufogaster)
Alternate name(s): Formerly "Little Shrike-thrush"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "griseata": "gugubarbi" [ngadjon]

Size: 17-19 cm
Weight: 33-49 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Rufous Shrike-thrush at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "rufogaster"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, September 2023]

Frontal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, September 2023]

Frontal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill Regional Park, near Anstead, QLD, March 2017]

Close-up near-frontal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, September 2023]

Near-frontal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, November 2023]

Near-frontal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill Regional Park, near Anstead, QLD, March 2017]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, October 2023]

Near-lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, September 2023]

Near-lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush
[Byfield NP, QLD, July 2009]

Rufous Shrike-thrush seen from above...
[Byfield NP, QLD, July 2009]

Lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush looking at the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, October 2023]

Lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, October 2023]

Lateral/ventral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill Regional Park, near Anstead, QLD, March 2019]

Lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of E. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, July 2017]

... and here from below
[Byfield NP, QLD, July 2009]

Near-dorsal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, September 2023]

Near-dorsal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill Regional Park, near Anstead, QLD, May 2017]

Dorsal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill Regional Park, near Anstead, QLD, May 2017]

Ventral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush hanging off a piece of bark (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, September 2023]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Inskip Point, QLD, December 2017]

Frontal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush, here seen preening (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Inskip Point, QLD, December 2017]

Race "griseata"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Close-up frontal view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush looking sideways (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Yungaburra, QLD, June 2022]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Close-up lateral view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Lateral view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Dorsal view of an immature Rufous Shrike-thrush; note the rufous juvenile wing feathers
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2018]

Close-up near-frontal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, December 2019]

Lateral view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush taking on big prey (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, December 2019]

Lateral view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush dissecting its prey (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, December 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Dorsal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Tyto Wetlands, Ingham, QLD, September 2020]

Race "goodsoni"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Iron Range NP, Cape York peninsula, QLD, August 2019]

Lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Chili Beach, Cape York peninsula, QLD, August 2019]

Lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Gunshot Creek, Cape York peninsula, QLD, August 2019]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Sep - Feb Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 16 - 17 days Fledging age: ?

Nest

"bungobittah", "lar", "malunna", "jindi" [bundjalung] = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Twigs, bark strips, leaves, cobwebs Height above ground: 0.5 - 10 m

Overview of the location of a Rufous Shrike-thrush nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, November 2023]

Close-up view of a(n as yet unused) Rufous Shrike-thrush nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, November 2023]

Lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush carrying a leaf as nest material (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, November 2023]

Lateral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush carrying a feather for lining its nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pullenvale, QLD, November 2023]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "mirk", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena", "pum-pum" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 25 x 19 mm Colour: Light-grey, with dark-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Food, Diet

Lateral/ventral view of a Rufous Shrike-thrush with a moth (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Yungaburra, QLD, November 2022]

Rufous Shrike-thrush with a caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Town of 1770, QLD, September 2017]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush with its prey, a hairy caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush with its prey, a hairy caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Rufous Shrike-thrush with its prey, a hairy caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eungella NP, near Mackay, QLD, July 2021]

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.

ltshrth_me_20231103_2.m4a rufogaster
(SE QLD)
Contact calls(?) © ME
ltshrth_me_20231102.m4a rufogaster
(SE QLD)
Territorial call © ME
ltshrth_me_20231105.m4a rufogaster
(SE QLD)
Territorial call © ME
ltshrth_me_20231103.m4a rufogaster
(SE QLD)
Territorial calls © ME
ltshrth_me_20231102_2.m4a rufogaster
(SE QLD)
? © ME
 
ltshrth_me_20200927.m4a griseata
(N QLD)
? © ME

More Rufous Shrike-thrush sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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