Male Black-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis atrogularis
Photo by Jeremy Inglis
, March 2006
- Turdus atrogularis
- Bill black with yellow base on lower mandible (variable extent)
- Faint supercilium
- Grey back (can be brownish or bluish depending on conditions and individual)
- Rufous to buffy underwing
- Throat black in male summer plumage, can be mostly covered by pale feather tips in fresh (fall) plumage
- Throat with black spots often assembled in stripes in female summer plumage, can be mostly covered by pale feather tips in fresh (fall) plumage
- Shadow of grey spotting or streaks on underside to about the legs
Female in winter plumage
Photo by tom tams
Newholm, North Yorkshire, U.K.
Breeds in Russia from just west of the Uran to eastern Siberia, winters toCaucasus, India and China. Vagrants to most of the Western Palearctic, mainly in winter.
Black-throated Thrush is monotypic.
It has until recently been treated as a subspecies under Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis.
Mixed and coniferous forests for breeding, more open areas in winter including in gardens.
Will eat apples on the ground when occurring as vagrant in western Europe.
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- Knox, A.G. et al. 2008. Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: Fifth report. Ibis, 150, 833â835
- Beaman, M., S. Madge, K.M. Olsen. 1998. Fuglene i Europa, Nordafrika og MellemÃ¸sten. Copenhagen, Denmark: Gads Forlag, ISBN 87-12-02276-4
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