Australian Logrunner

Female Australian Logrunner foraging for food on rainforest floor


Male Australian Logrunner foraging for food on rainforest floor


Scientific Name: Orthonyx temmincki

Size: 18 to 21 cm

What does it look like?

The plumage of this elusive ground-dwelling bird is mottled rufous-brown and olive-grey, streaked with black on the wings, back and sides of the throat. The face is grey, as are the sides of the breast, and the belly is white. The female Australian Logrunner is distinguished from the male by the cinnamon, instead of white, throat and upper breast. The common call is a repeated piercing ‘weet’.

Where is it found?

The Australian Logrunner is found from Gympie, Qld to the Illawarra, NSW.

What are its habitats & habits?

It inhabits temperate and subtropical rainforests, where it is predominantly ground-dwelling. Food is found by raking through leaf-litter on the forest floor, while the bird supports itself on its spiny-tipped tail.

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