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Spotted Quail-thrush

(Cinclosoma punctatum)
Alternate name(s): "Spotted Groundbird", "Ground-thrush", "Ground-dove", "Babbling-thrush"
Size: 26-28 cm
Weight: 84-123 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Spotted Quail-thrush at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "punctatum"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Spotted Quail-thrush spreading its wings to cool at ca. 32 C
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a male Spotted Quail-thrush
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Spotted Quail-thrush
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Spotted Quail-thrush (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Near St. Albans, NSW, October 2017]

Dorsal view of a male Spotted Quail-thrush
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Spotted Quail-thrush (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Near Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2014]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial? Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Covey/family clan

Spotted Quail-thrushes are cryptic in both plumage and behaviour and thereby often very hard to spot, even when in plain view.

Male Spotted Quail-thrush - the full-size image shows how the bird melts into the surrounding landscape; this is most likely the bird whose calls were recorded on 6 August 2016 (photo courtesy of M. Windeyer)

The following set of photos may show a male marking his territory.

Lateral view of a male Spotted Quail-thrush walking along a branch
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2011]

The same Spotted Quail-thrush as shown above, now seen calling
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2011]

... after which the Spotted Quail-thrush turned around...
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2011]

... before strutting back to where it had first come from
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2011]

Food, Diet

Spotted Quail-thrushes forage on the ground for insects and seeds.

Male Spotted Quail-thrush looking foraging near the base of a tree
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2019]

Male Spotted Quail-thrush looking for water?
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2019]

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.

spotqth_20150103.mp3 punctatum
(NW NSW)
Contact call (male) © MD
spotqth_20160806.m4a punctatum
(NW NSW)
Warning calls © MD

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