Chowchilla Orthonyx spaldingii

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Distinctive, sturdy terrestrial bird found in rainforest of northern Queensland. Mostly deep chocolate-brown, with a prominent pale eyering and robust tail with spiky ends. Male has white throat and belly, female an orange throat and white belly. Forages in rainforest leaf litter, usually in pairs or small family groups. Loud whistler-like calls can sound like "chow-chilla" and give the bird its name.

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