Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum)


Taxonomy

French: Cinclosome cannelle German: Zimtflöter Spanish: Zordala canela
Taxonomy:

Cinclosoma cinnamomeus

Gould

, 1846,

north-western New South Wales, Australia

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59727 on 13 December 2018).