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


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Buphagus erythrorynchus
Species (169)

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

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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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