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Bower's Shrikethrush - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Tannin
Mount Lewis, Queensland, Australia, December 2006

Alternative names: Stripe-breasted Shrike-thrush; Stripe-breasted Thrush; Bower Thrush

Colluricincla boweri


19.5 - 21cm.

  • Blue grey head and back
  • Variable rufous on wings related to age
  • Pale grey lores and grey eye-ring
  • Cinnamon breast
  • Throat and breast finely grey streaked
  • Black bill

Females and immatures have a pale grey bill, rufous lores and eyebrow and a pale eye-ring. Juveniles have a pale bill.

Similar species

Similar to Rufous Shrikethrush which is slightly smaller and has a pinkish-brown bill.


Northeast Queensland in northeast Australia.
Has a small range but it's quite common in it.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Mid canopy of upland rainforests above 300m.


Resident species.


The diet includes insects and their larvae. Takes occasionally frogs.


Breeding season from September to December. The nest is a compact cup made of rootlets, dead leaves, twigs, fronds and bark strips. It's placed around 3.5m above the ground in a tree fork or a sapling. Lays 2, sometimes 3 eggs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  3. Simpson, K and N Day. 1998. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4877-5

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