Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castaneothorax)


French: Cinclosome à poitrine cannelle German: Kastanienbrustflöter Spanish: Zordala pechicastaña

Cinclosoma castaneothorax


, 1849,

Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia


Until very recently considered conspecific with C. marginatum (which see), and in the past also with C. cinnamomeum. See also C. castanotum. Monotypic.


E Australia from C Queensland S to CN New South Wales.

Descriptive notes

21–25 cm; 55–75 g. Male has narrow creamy supercilium from above lores back to side of nape, glossy black lores, thin black moustachial line extending to throat... read more


Song a series of notes on same pitch, or with first sometimes higher, also two long and three short... read more


Dry woodland scrub, particularly mulga (Acacia aneura), with low understorey, on stony... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders (Araneae) and seeds; most items 1–2 mm long, but some up to 6–7 mm. Forages on ground, walking slowly on... read more


Season variable, clutches of nominate race started Jan–Oct (mainly Jul–Sept); may attempt more than one brood if conditions... read more


No indication of large-scale or seasonal movements; some local dispersal associated with rainfall. read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon. Habitat modification and overgrazing are detrimental to this species. Requires ongoing monitoring, as extirpated from... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castaneothorax). 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 25 May 2019).