Family Logrunners (Orthonychidae)

Least Concern

Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii)


Taxonomy

French: Orthonyx de Spalding German: Schwarzkopfflöter Spanish: Colaespina de Spalding
Taxonomy:

Orthonix [sic] spaldingii

E. P. Ramsay

, 1868,

Rockingham Bay, Queensland, Australia

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. s. melasmenus Schodde & Mason, 1999 – NE Australia in coastal ranges from Mt Amos and Mt Finnegan S to Thornton Range (NE Queensland).
  • O. s. spaldingii E. P. Ramsay, 1868 – Macalister and Herberton Ranges S to Seaview and Paluma Ranges (NE Queensland).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–29 cm; male 150–215g, female 113–144 g. Male nominate race has crown and nape black, eyering pale blue-grey, upperparts dark olive-brown, upperwing dark... read more

    Voice

    Song a loud, ringing “chow-chilla-chow-chow-chilla” or “chowy-chook-chook chowy-... read more

    Habitat

    Tropical rainforest, including primary forest and areas of regrowth 20–30 years old, usually... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and other terrestrial invertebrates; occasionally frogs, small lizards, and seeds. Forages on ground. Initially removes leaf litter... read more

    Breeding

    Season extends throughout year, eggs in May–Feb (usually Jul–Dec), young leave nest in wet season; usually one brood per season... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary. All recaptures of marked individuals made less than 10 km from initial ringing site.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. Common. Has suffered some reduction of range as a result of habitat loss, but no... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2018). Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii). 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/59722 on 17 December 2018).