Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum)


French: Cinclosome cannelle German: Zimtflöter Spanish: Zordala canela

Cinclosoma cinnamomeus


, 1846,

north-western New South Wales, Australia


Commonly treated as conspecific with C. alisteri, and in the past also with C. castaneothorax (with marginatum). See also C. castanotum. Races doubtfully separable, intergrading over a broad zone; proposed race samueli (South Australia) inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. tirariense Schodde & Mason, 1999 – deserts of EC Australia (SE Northern Territory, NE South Australia, CW Queensland).
  • C. c. cinnamomeum Gould, 1846 – CS Northern Territory, N, C & CE South Australia, extreme SW Queensland and NW New South Wales.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–22 cm; 55–60 g. Male nominate race has black lores, narrow creamy supercilium extending from above lores to side of nape, brownish-grey ear-coverts; narrow... read more


    Song (both races) a series of notes on even pitch or on two pitches. Contact call a high-pitched,... read more


    Stony plains and tablelands with low scrub cover; less often on sandhills.

    Food and feeding

    Diet made up chiefly of seeds, insects and spiders (Araneae). Forages on ground, walking slowly and deliberately on a meandering course,... read more


    Recorded in all months, timing possibly influenced by rainfall; probably double-brooded, but forgoes breeding in times of severe drought.... read more


    Appears to be sedentary, with no evidence of large-scale movements; may occasionally make more... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in suitable habitat. Has suffered some decline, possibly as a result of grazing by domestic livestock and introduced rabbits (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum). 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 13 December 2019).