Psophodidae – Whipbirds, Jewel-babblers, Quail-thrushes

Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush by Ian

Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush by Ian

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” (Genesis 1:21-22 ESV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Psophodidae – Whipbirds, Jewel-babblers, quail-thrushes


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Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (17)

Papuan Whipbird (Androphobus viridis)
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
Western Whipbird (Psophodes nigrogularis)
Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus)
Chiming Wedgebill (Psophodes occidentalis)
Spotted Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa leucosticta)
Blue Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa caerulescens)
Brown-headed Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa geislerorum)
Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa castanonota)
Spotted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma punctatum)
Chestnut Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum)
Copperback Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma clarum)
Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum)
Nullarbor Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma alisteri)
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castaneothorax)
Western Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma marginatum)
Painted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma ajax)

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Cinclosomatidae is a family of passerine birds native to Australia and nearby areas. It has a complicated taxonomic history and different authors vary in which birds they include in the family. It includes at least the quail-thrushes (Cinclosoma), 5 species of ground-dwelling birds found in Australia and New Guinea. The jewel-babblers (Ptilorrhoa), 4 species found in rainforest in New Guinea, also seem to belong in this family.

The whipbirds and wedgebills (Psophodes and Androphobus) are often included in which case the name Psophodidae has priority as the name of the family. The Malaysian Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus) was formerly sometimes placed in this family which would then be called Eupetidae. (Wikipedia with editing)

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