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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Corvoidea

Familia: Cinclosomatidae
Genus: Cinclosoma
Species: C. ajax - C. castaneothorax - C. castanotum - C. cinnamomeum - C. punctatum


Cinclosoma Vigors & Horsfield, 1827
Transactions of the Linnean Society of London (1) 15(1826) p. 219

A quail-thrush is a bird of the genus Cinclosoma, which contains eight species. Quail-thrushes are in a different family from either quails or thrushes, but bear some superficial resemblance to them. The genus is found in Australia and New Guinea in a variety of habitats ranging from rainforest to deserts. The genus is closely related to the jewel-babblers of New Guinea. Seven species were recognised in 2007.[1] A molecular study published in 2015 by Gaynor Dolman and Leo Joseph resulted in the splitting of the chestnut-backed quail-thrush into the chestnut quail-thrush of eastern Australia and the copperback quail-thrush in the west.[2]
Nest of Cinclosoma marginatum photographed by Whitlock, East Murchison 1909

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Painted quail-thrush Cinclosoma ajax New Guinea.
Spotted Quail-thrush male - Blackheath.jpg Spotted quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum Australia.
Copperback quail-thrush Cinclosoma clarum Australia.
Chestnut Quail-thrush (11078463133).jpg Chestnut quail-thrush Cinclosoma castanotum Australia
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush - Mt Grenfell.jpg Chestnut-breasted quail-thrush Cinclosoma castaneothorax Australia (New South Wales, Queensland and Perth.)
Western quail-thrush Cinclosoma marginatum Australia.
Nullarbor quail-thrush Cinclosoma alisteri Nullarbor Plain in southern Australia
Cinnamon Quail-Thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum).jpg Cinnamon quail-thrush Cinclosoma cinnamomeum central Australia


Toon, Alicia; Austin, Jeremy J.; Dolman, Gaynor; Pedler, Lynn; Joseph, Leo (2012). "Evolution of arid zone birds in Australia: Leapfrog distribution patterns and mesic-arid connections in quail-thrush (Cinclosoma, Cinclosomatidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62 (1): 286–95. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.026. PMID 22040766.

Dolman, Gaynor; Joseph, Leo (2015). "Evolutionary history of birds across southern Australia: structure, history and taxonomic implications of mitochondrial DNA diversity in an ecologically diverse suite of species". Emu. 115 (1): 35–48. doi:10.1071/MU14047.

Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2007). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-84-96553-42-2

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