Family Logrunners (Orthonychidae)

Least Concern

Australian Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii)


French: Orthonyx de Temminck German: Dschungelflöter Spanish: Colaespina de Temminck

Orthonyx Temminckii


, 1822,

Hat Hill, near Nowra, New South Wales, Australia


Formerly considered conspecific with O. novaeguineae (which see). Monotypic.


E Australia from extreme SE Queensland (Bunya Mts) S in mountain ranges and coastal regions to CE New South Wales (Illawarra district).

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; male 58–75 g, female 49–58 g. Male has supercilium and side of face grey, crown dark rufous with faint darker edging of feathers (creating... read more


Song, given in early morning and late evening (rarely during day), a loud, penetrating, high-... read more


Subtropical and temperate rainforest, edges of contiguous wet sclerophyll forest and dense fringing... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other small soil invertebrates. Forages mostly on ground; activity starts at first light. Initially removes larger objects (e.g... read more


Season May–Aug, sometimes earlier or later (extremes Mar–Jan); one or two broods per season. Availability of leaf-litter... read more


Sedentary. Recoveries of marked individuals all less than 10 km from site of original ringing.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in N part of range, decreasing towards S, until becoming rare at S limits. Adversely affected by modification of habitat,... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Australian Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii). 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 on 19 April 2019).