Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Western Quail-thrush
Cinclosoma castaneothorax marginatum
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The classification of the arid-zone quail-thrushes is in a state of flux. At one stage various authors regarded the Western Quail-thrush as a separate species. In line with current thinking, I have listed it as a subspecies of the very similar Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush here, but I am providing a separate set of pictures and notes to draw attention to it.

Western Quail-thrushes occur in the very arid central inland of Western Australia between the Hamersley Range in the north, nearly to Kalgoorlie in the south and extending east to just over the South Australian border. The habitat they occur in is stony, open acacia shrubland, very similar to that occupied by Cinnamon Quail-thrushes in the east.

According to the excellent Handbook of Western Australian Birds, Western Quail-thrushes are winter breeders and eggs are laid from March to September but arid-zone birds like these will breed anytime after rain. Clutch size is one or two.

Photo: 438211

438211 ... Western Quail-thrush, adult male. (currently a subspecies of the Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush).

Photo: 438212

438212 ... Western Quail-thrush, male.

Photo: 438213

438213 ... Western Quail-thrush, female.

Photo: 438214


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