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Australian Logrunner Orthonyx temminckii
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This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Taxonomic source(s)
Christidis, L.; Boles, W. E. 2008. Systematics and taxonomy of Australian birds. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.
Norman, J.; Christidis, L.; Joseph, L.; Slikas, B.; Alpers, D. 2002. Unravelling a biogeographical knot: the 'leapfrog' distribution pattern of Australo-Papuan sooty owls (Strigiformes) and logrunners (Passeriformes). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 269: 2127-2133.

Taxonomic note
Orthonyx temminckii (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into O. temminckii and O. novaeguineae following Norman et al. (2002).

Distribution and population
This species has a large range in eastern Australia.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common in the north of its range, becoming rarer towards the south (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification
This population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.

The species occurs in subtropical and temperate rainforests and adjacent wet sclerophyll forests, tending to prefer areas with a dense canopy and an accumulation of leaf-litter on the ground (Higgins and Peter 2002).

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Higgins, P. J.; Peter, J. M.; Steele, W. K. 2001. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds: Tyrant-flycatchers to Chats. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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Text account compilers
Temple, H.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Orthonyx temminckii. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Orthonychidae (Logrunners)
Species name author Ranzani, 1822
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 167,000 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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