Turdidae – Thrushes

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)with youngsters by Raymond Barlow

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)with youngsters by Raymond Barlow

Even the stork in the sky Knows her seasons; And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush Observe the time of their migration; But My people do not know The ordinance of the LORD. (Jeremiah 8:7 NAS77)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Turdidae – Thrushes

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (172)


Red-tailed Ant Thrush (Neocossyphus rufus)
White-tailed Ant Thrush (Neocossyphus poensis)
Fraser’s Rufous Thrush (Stizorhina fraseri)
Finsch’s Rufous Thrush (Stizorhina finschi)
Slaty-backed Thrush (Geokichla schistacea)
Buru Thrush (Geokichla dumasi)
Seram Thrush (Geokichla joiceyi)
Chestnut-capped Thrush (Geokichla interpres)
Enggano Thrush (Geokichla leucolaema)
Red-backed Thrush (Geokichla erythronota)
Red-and-black Thrush (Geokichla mendeni)
Chestnut-backed Thrush (Geokichla dohertyi)
Pied Thrush (Geokichla wardii)
Ashy Thrush (Geokichla cinerea)
Orange-sided Thrush (Geokichla peronii)
Orange-headed Thrush (Geokichla citrina)
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica)
Abyssinian Ground Thrush (Geokichla piaggiae)
Crossley’s Ground Thrush (Geokichla crossleyi)
Orange Ground Thrush (Geokichla gurneyi)
Oberländer’s Ground Thrush (Geokichla oberlaenderi)
Black-eared Ground Thrush (Geokichla camaronensis)
Grey Ground Thrush (Geokichla princei)
Spotted Ground Thrush (Geokichla guttata)
Spot-winged Thrush (Geokichla spiloptera)
Geomalia (Zoothera heinrichi)
Everett’s Thrush (Zoothera everetti)
Sunda Thrush (Zoothera andromedae)
Alpine Thrush (Zoothera mollissima)
Sichuan Thrush (Zoothera griseiceps)
Himalayan Thrush (Zoothera salimalii)
Long-tailed Thrush (Zoothera dixoni)
White’s Thrush (Zoothera aurea)
Amami Thrush (Zoothera major)
Scaly Thrush (Zoothera dauma)
Bonin Thrush (Zoothera terrestris)
Nilgiri Thrush (Zoothera neilgherriensis)
Sri Lanka Thrush (Zoothera imbricata)
Fawn-breasted Thrush (Zoothera machiki)
Russet-tailed Thrush (Zoothera heinei)
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata)
Black-backed Thrush (Zoothera talaseae)
Makira Thrush (Zoothera margaretae)
Guadalcanal Thrush (Zoothera turipavae)
Long-billed Thrush (Zoothera monticola)
Dark-sided Thrush (Zoothera marginata)
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)
Aztec Thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola)
Sulawesi Thrush (Cataponera turdoides)
Grandala (Grandala coelicolor)
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
Omao (Myadestes obscurus)
Kamao (Myadestes myadestinus)
Puaiohi (Myadestes palmeri)
Olomao (Myadestes lanaiensis)
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)
Brown-backed Solitaire (Myadestes occidentalis)
Cuban Solitaire (Myadestes elisabeth)
Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis)
Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops)
Varied Solitaire (Myadestes coloratus)
Andean Solitaire (Myadestes ralloides)
Slate-colored Solitaire (Myadestes unicolor)
Rufous-brown Solitaire (Cichlopsis leucogenys)
Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus gracilirostris)
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris)
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus fuscater)
Russet Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus occidentalis)
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus frantzii)
Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus mexicanus)
Gould’s Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus dryas)
Sclater’s Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus maculatus)
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
Grey-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)
Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli)
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
Black Solitaire (Entomodestes coracinus)
White-eared Solitaire (Entomodestes leucotis)
Groundscraper Thrush (Turdus litsitsirupa)
Yellow-legged Thrush (Turdus flavipes)
Pale-eyed Thrush (Turdus leucops)
African Thrush (Turdus pelios)
Bare-eyed Thrush (Turdus tephronotus)
Kurrichane Thrush (Turdus libonyana)
Sao Tome Thrush (Turdus olivaceofuscus)
Principe Thrush (Turdus xanthorhynchus)
Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus)
Usambara Thrush (Turdus roehli)
Abyssinian Thrush (Turdus abyssinicus)
Karoo Thrush (Turdus smithi)
Somali Thrush (Turdus ludoviciae)
Taita Thrush (Turdus helleri)
Yemen Thrush (Turdus menachensis)
Comoros Thrush (Turdus bewsheri)
Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum)
Tickell’s Thrush (Turdus unicolor)
Black-breasted Thrush (Turdus dissimilis)
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis)
White-collared Blackbird (Turdus albocinctus)
Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)
Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul)
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Chinese Blackbird (Turdus mandarinus)
Tibetan Blackbird (Turdus maximus)
Indian Blackbird (Turdus simillimus)
Island Thrush (Turdus poliocephalus)
Chestnut Thrush (Turdus rubrocanus)
Kessler’s Thrush (Turdus kessleri)
Grey-sided Thrush (Turdus feae)
Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus)
Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops)
Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)
Red-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis)
Naumann’s Thrush (Turdus naumanni)
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Chinese Thrush (Turdus mupinensis)
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
Great Thrush (Turdus fuscater)
Chiguanco Thrush (Turdus chiguanco)
Sooty Thrush (Turdus nigrescens)
Black Thrush (Turdus infuscatus)
Glossy-black Thrush (Turdus serranus)
Andean Slaty Thrush (Turdus nigriceps)
Eastern Slaty Thrush (Turdus subalaris)
Plumbeous-backed Thrush (Turdus reevei)
Black-hooded Thrush (Turdus olivater)
Maranon Thrush (Turdus maranonicus)
Chestnut-bellied Thrush (Turdus fulviventris)
Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris)
Austral Thrush (Turdus falcklandii)
Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas)
Creamy-bellied Thrush (Turdus amaurochalinus)
Mountain Thrush (Turdus plebejus)
Black-billed Thrush (Turdus ignobilis)
Campina Thrush (Turdus arthuri)
Pantepui Thrush (Turdus murinus)
Lawrence’s Thrush (Turdus lawrencii)
Cocoa Thrush (Turdus fumigatus)
Pale-vented Thrush (Turdus obsoletus)
Hauxwell’s Thrush (Turdus hauxwelli)
Unicolored Thrush (Turdus haplochrous)
Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi)
Spectacled Thrush (Turdus nudigenis)
Varzea Thrush (Turdus sanchezorum)
Ecuadorian Thrush (Turdus maculirostris)
White-eyed Thrush (Turdus jamaicensis)
White-throated Thrush (Turdus assimilis)
Dagua Thrush (Turdus daguae)
White-necked Thrush (Turdus albicollis)
Rufous-backed Thrush (Turdus rufopalliatus)
Rufous-collared Thrush (Turdus rufitorques)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
La Selle Thrush (Turdus swalesi)
White-chinned Thrush (Turdus aurantius)
Grand Cayman Thrush (Turdus ravidus)
Red-legged Thrush (Turdus plumbeus)
Forest Thrush (Turdus lherminieri)
Tristan Thrush (Turdus eremita)
Purple Cochoa (Cochoa purpurea)
Green Cochoa (Cochoa viridis)
Sumatran Cochoa (Cochoa beccarii)
Javan Cochoa (Cochoa azurea)
Fruithunter (Chlamydochaera jefferyi)


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Thrushes make up Turdidae, a family of passerine birds that occurs worldwide.

Thrushes are plump, soft-plumaged, small to medium-sized birds, inhabiting wooded areas, and often feed on the ground or eat small fruit. The smallest thrush may be the Forest Rock Thrush, at 0.74 oz (21 g) and 5.7 in (14.5 cm). However, the shortwings, which have ambiguous alliances with both thrushes and Old World flycatchers, can be even smaller. The Lesser Shortwing averages 4.7 in (12 cm). The largest thrush is Blue Whistling Thrush, at 6.3 oz (178 g) and 13 in (33 cm). The Great Thrush is similar in length but less heavily built. Most species are grey or brown in color, often with speckled underparts.

They are insectivorous, but most species also eat worms, land snails, and fruit. Many species are permanently resident in warm climes, while others migrate to higher latitudes during summer, often over considerable distances.

Thrushes build cup-shaped nests, sometimes lining them with mud. They lay two to five speckled eggs, sometimes laying two or more clutches per year. Both parents help in raising the young.
The songs of some species, including members of the genera Catharus, Myadestes, and Turdus, are considered to be among the most beautiful in the avian world. (Info from Wikipedia)

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