Order Passeriformes

Family Orthonychidae

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  • Medium-sized, stocky passerines with powerful legs and well-developed claws, short bill with terminal maxillary notches, rounded wings, and rather short tail with stiffened shafts protruding beyond ends of feathers; plumage a complex combination of brown, rufous, black, grey and white, one species unpatterned black above and white on lower breast and belly.
  • Australia and New Guinea.
  • Rainforest.
  • 18-29 cm.
  • 1 genus, 3 species, 6 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Logrunners (Orthonychidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52332 on 7 December 2019).