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Russet-tailed Thrush

(Zoothera heinei)
Size: 26-29 cm
Weight: 100 g (average)

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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 Russet-tailed Thrush at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "heinei"


Near-frontal view of a Russet-tailed Thrush on the ground under dense rainforest
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

Lateral view that also shows the Russet-tailed Thrush's rump
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

Lateral view of a Russet-tailed Thrush (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, February 2013]

Lateral view of a Russet-tailed Thrush (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

View of the underside of a Russet-tailed Thrush
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

Food, Diet

Like all ground thrushes known to us, Russet-tailed Thrushes feed on small insects, grubs and worms that they find in soft soil or under leaf litter in dense, wet forests.

This Russet-tailed Thrush is seen foraging in leaf litter
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

Here the same Russet-tailed Thrush as shown above is checking the bark of a fig tree's root system for insects
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

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