Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Austral Thrush (Turdus falcklandii)


French: Merle austral German: Magellandrossel Spanish: Zorzal patagón

Turdus falcklandii

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1824,

Falkland Islands


Races differ clearly in plumage. Birds from Mocha I (S Chile) described as race mochae, supposedly paler and longer-billed than magellanicus, but considered insufficiently differentiated; proposed race pembertoni (from Cerro Anecón Grande, Río Negro, Argentina) likewise synonymized. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. magellanicus P. P. King, 1831 – Austral Thrush – C & S Chile (including Juan Fernández Is) and S Argentina.
  • T. f. falcklandii Quoy & Gaimard, 1824 – Falkland Thrush – Falkland Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–26·5 cm; 95–113 g. Nominate race is warm brownish-olive above, with head blackish-brown to below eye, chin and throat stippled buffy and blackish,... read more


    Song, from treetop well into night, variously considered “weak” and “rich... read more


    Open understorey of dark Nothofagus forest to open forest, plantations, second growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Worms, snails, and arthropods (including insect larvae and pupae and, in Falklands, sandhoppers); also much fruit, and in Chiloé (... read more


    Sept–Feb in Chile; at least Oct–Nov in Argentina, where also a nest with 1 egg in Jan; Aug–Dec in Falkland Is; up to... read more


    Sedentary or with partial displacements. Disperses short distances in winter on mainland; in marked... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant in Chile and Argentina. In Falklands, expanded range dramatically in period 1930–1960; total population... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Austral Thrush (Turdus falcklandii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).