Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Nullarbor Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma alisteri)


French: Cinclosome de Nullarbor German: Nullarborflöter Spanish: Zordala de Nullarbor

Cinclosoma alisteri


, 1910,

Western Australia = Waddilinia, Nullarbor Plain


Commonly treated as conspecific with C. cinnamomeum, but species rank recently claimed on molecular grounds#R, and in morphology differs in its continuous black from throat onto breast, with chestnut breast sides (3); rich milky-rufous upperparts vs pale greyish head and pale pinky-buff upperparts (2); and black lores with pure white postocular supercilium vs black lower lores with creamy-buff line above continuing as postocular supercilium (2). See also C. castanotum. Monotypic.


Nullarbor Plain (SE Western Australia, SW South Australia).

Descriptive notes

c. 20 cm; 50–67 g. Male has forehead, crown, neck side and upperparts rich rufous, short white supercilium behind eye, black lores, and narrow black moustachial line bordered... read more


Song a feeble repeated trill, “i-i-i-i-i”. Contact call “tsip-tsip-tsip”; clucking notes given as... read more


Stony plains with low scrub; less often on sandhills.

Food and feeding

Diet mostly seeds, insects and spiders (Araneae). Forages on ground, walking slowly and deliberately on a meandering course, usually around... read more


Recorded in May–Oct, timing possibly influenced by rainfall; probably double-brooded, but does not breed at all during severe drought.... read more


Largely sedentary, with no evidence of large-scale movements; may make some local shifts depending... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon. Has declined somewhat, possibly as a result of grazing by domestic livestock and introduced rabbits (Oryctolagus... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Nullarbor Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma alisteri). 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 March 2019).