Australian Logrunner

Orthonyx temmincki

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 is distinguished from the male by the cinnamon, instead of white, throat and upper breast. Food is found by raking through leaf-litter on the forest floor, while the bird supports itself on its spiny-tipped tail. The common call is a repeated piercing ‘weet’. The Logrunner is found in temperate and subtropical rainforests from Gympie, Qld to the Illawarra, NSW.