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Black-throated Thrush - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Jeremy Inglis
Swansea, Wales, U.K., March 2006
Turdus atrogularis


Female in winter plumage
Photo © by tom tams
Newholm, North Yorkshire, U.K. January 2010

24–27 cm (9½-10½ in)

  • 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


Breeds in Russia from just west of the Urals to eastern Siberia, winters to Caucasus, India and China. Vagrants to most of the Western Palearctic, mainly in winter.


Female in Summer-plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India April-2011

Black-throated Thrush is monotypic[2].

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.



Their main diet consists of insects, such as grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, earthworms and snails. They also eat some berries.

They will eat apples on the ground when occurring as vagrant in western Europe.


They construct a cup nest from grass stems. They raise just the one brood each year.


  1. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to October 2008 (Corrigenda 8). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Knox, A.G. et al. 2008. Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: Fifth report. Ibis, 150, 833–835
  4. Beaman, M., S. Madge, K.M. Olsen. 1998. Fuglene i Europa, Nordafrika og Mellemøsten. Copenhagen, Denmark: Gads Forlag, ISBN 87-12-02276-4
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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