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Orthonychidae - Logrunners, Chowchillas, Melampittas

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Orthonychidae
LogrunnerThere are six species in this family of birds. They are found in Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. They are ground dwellers and forage in the leaf litter for insects, berries, and worms. They have small bills; plump bodies; rounded heads; pointed wings; long, stiff tails; and medium-sized legs. They use their stiff tails to prop themselves on while they dig through the leaf litter looking for food.

The chowchilla is brown on its uppersides. Males are white on their undersides, and females have a rusty colored throat and a white belly. The logrunner is gray and brown. Males have a white throat and females have a rusty colored throat. Both the logrunner and the chowchilla are found in forests and usually live in male/female pairs.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Ifrit - Ifrita kowaldi Least Concern Asia Australia
Greater Melampitta - Melampitta gigantea Least Concern Asia Australia
Lesser Melampitta - Melampitta lugubris Least Concern Asia Australia
  New Guinea Logrunner - Orthonyx novaeguineae Least Concern Asia Australia
Chowchilla - Orthonyx spaldingii Least Concern Australia
Logrunner - Orthonyx temminckii Least Concern Australia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Chowchilla - Orthonyx spaldingii Photos Video Audio Least Concern Australia
The chowchilla beak isfound in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lesser Melampitta - Melampitta lugubris Video Audio Least Concern Asia Australia
The lesser melampitta is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Logrunner - Orthonyx temminckii Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The logrunner is found in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No