These medium-sized birds
are a distinctive cinnamon-backed quail-thrush, that live in arid stony plains
usually with sparsely vegetated and low shrub cover.
The male of the species are cinnamon brown above, and sometimes a shade
browner on the head. They have black markings on the throat, with a black banded
on white breast. The flanks are also cinnamon in colour on birds from the gibber
deserts of the east-central regions.
The female and immature birds are also cinnamon colour with white throat and
pale cinnamon-grey breast.
These birds are a cryptic arid-zone species, often alone, in pairs or small
family groups. They feed exclusively on the ground, foraging for insects, and
The first known captive species was bred by staff at the Alice Springs Desert
park in October 2005.1