Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Painted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma ajax)


French: Cinclosome ajax German: Ajaxflöter Spanish: Zordala pintada

Eupetes ajax


, 1836,

Lobo, lat. 3°45’ S, long. 134°05’ E, New Guinea


Races rather poorly differentiated; muscale sometimes synonymized with alare#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. ajax (Temminck, 1836) – W New Guinea from W & S coasts of Geelvink Bay S to Triton Bay and W Weyland Mts.
  • C. a. muscale Rand, 1940 – valley of upper Fly R (Palmer R and Nomad R S to Mt Bosavi), in EC New Guinea.
  • C. a. alare Mayr & Rand, 1935 – valleys of Oriomo R and lower Fly R, in S New Guinea.
  • C. a. goldiei (E. P. Ramsay, 1879) – SE New Guinea (Hall Sound E to Milne Bay).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 23 cm. Male nominate race is rusty brown above; side of head from lores to neck side black, broad white patch from base of lower mandible back to below ear-coverts and... read more


    Presumed advertising call is a drawn-out whistle, increasing in volume slowly before tailing off; a... read more


    Rainforest, monsoon forest and adjoining tall secondary growth, from near sea-level to c. 800 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects; probably also other small invertebrates. Terrestrial. Walks along unhurriedly, pauses to throw leaves aside; investigates likely... read more


    No information.


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in West Papuan Lowlands EBA, South Papuan Lowlands EBA, Trans-Fly EBA and South-east Papuan Lowlands Secondary Area... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Painted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma ajax). 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 22 March 2019).