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Subspecies rufogaster
Photo by Mat & Cathy
Mt Glorious, SE Queensland, Australia, July 2006
Colluricincla rufogaster


16.5 - 19cm.

  • Grey-brown to rufous-brown upperparts
  • Pinkish-brown to blackish bill
  • Cinnamon to rufous underparts
  • Throat paler and breast slightly streaked

Sexes alike

Similar species

Can be confused with Bower's Shrike-thrush in northeast Queensland.


Southern New Guinea and northern and eastern Australia.


Formerly included in Little Shrikethrush.


Seven subspecies are recognized[1].

  • C. r. goodsoni in southern New Guinea (Merauke District)
  • C. r. aelptes in Northern Territory (coastal Gulf of Carpenteria)
  • C. r. normani in coastal northern Queensland (western and eastern Cape York Peninsula)
  • C. r. griseata in rainforests of northeast Queensland (Cooktown to Ingham)
  • C. r. synaptica in rainforests of central Queensland (Burdekin R. to Dawson R. basin)
  • C. r. gouldii in eastern Queensland (Connors Range to Dawes Range)
  • C. r. rufogaster in eastern Australia (southeast Queensland to northeast New South Wales)





  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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