Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma punctatum)


French: Cinclosome pointillé German: Fleckenflöter Spanish: Zordala manchada

Turdus punctatus


, 1794,

New South Wales, Australia


Sister to all other Australian members of genus, based on genetic data#R. Reports of this species from NE Queensland require confirmation. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. punctatum (Shaw, 1794) – SE Australia from SE Queensland (Rockhampton) S to Victoria and extreme SE South Australia.
  • C. p. anachoreta Schodde & Mason, 1999 – Mount Lofty Ranges, in SE South Australia (possibly extinct).
  • C. p. dovei Mathews, 1912 – E Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    24–30 cm; male 119 g, ­female 107 g. Male nominate race has long, narrow off-white supercilium from bill to nape side, black lores, black chin and throat and black... read more


    Song is a soft double whistle, “fee-oo”, with second note higher, repeated 10–12... read more


    Dry open sclerophyll forest and woodland, particularly on rocky hillsides.

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), orthopterans, flies (Diptera), hymenopterans and lepidopterans;... read more


    Season Jul–Feb, later during that period in S parts of range; one, perhaps two, broods per season. Nest built by female, loosely... read more


    Sedentary. Longest recorded movement of a ringed individual amounted to less than 10 km.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Nominate race and dovei generally sparse but locally common. Declines noted in some areas owing to modification or loss of habitat; will... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Spotted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma punctatum). 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 May 2019).