Australian Logrunner

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Habitat: Forest, Rainforest

The Australian Logrunner inhabits rainforests and adjacent moist eucalypt forests where it is seen almost exclusively on the forest floor.

The Australian Logrunner feeds by vigorously scratching among the soil and leaf litter in search of invertebrates, mainly insects, using its spiny tail to brace itself. It is the sound of this digging that often alerts birdwatchers to the presence of the bird during the day, as logrunners are usually quiet, although just after sunrise and just before dusk, their loud penetrating calls can be heard echoing through the forest.

The Australian Logrunner feeds on invertebrates. They forage on the ground, usually singly, in pairs or small family parties, scratching with their large, strong feet through the leaf litter, using their tail as a prop. Logrunners have a spiny tail that they use as a brace when they forage in the leaf-litter. They leave a trail of small cleared circles behind them as they feed.

The Australian Logrunner builds a dome-shaped nest, with a side entrance opening at ground level, made from leaves, twigs, moss, wood and tree ferns, often covered by leaf litter and other debris. It is thick enough to stay dry inside during heavy downpours. The nest is usually found on the ground, on a gently sloping bank of a creek. The Logrunner may also choose to build the nest above ground in dense vegetation. The female builds the nest and clutch size is 1 to 3 eggs. She incubates the eggs alone (25 days), and feeds the young with food brought by the male. The nestling period is 18 days. The breeding season is from June to September.