Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)


French: Grive à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehldrossel Spanish: Zorzal papinegro

Turdus atrogularis


, 1819,



Often treated as conspecific with T. ruficollis. Taxonomic separation based on several very different phenotypic characters and considerable vocal differences; reports of mixed pairs exceptional, and hybridization perhaps reduced by difference in timing of breeding. Recent summary#R suggested that reports of extensive intergradation possibly based on misidentification of “pure” specimens. Proposed race vogulorum (from Ural Mts) considered unwarranted, possibly representing clinal variation. Monotypic.


E European Russia (Ural Mts) E to NC Siberia, S to Tarbagatai Mts and NW Mongolia; non-breeding S to Middle East, E to Himalayas, S China and N Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

24–27 cm; 54–110 g. Male has black face, throat and breast; dull grey above, tail black; lower breast, breast side, belly and flanks off-white with broad,... read more


Song a simple series of rather slow-paced, rambling phrases, many of which consist of chatters and... read more


Breeds in variety of habitats, including pure coniferous forests (occupying edges along rivers and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars, also earthworms, snails; also berries, which form... read more


May–Jul; single-brooded. Territory small, nests may be as close as 20–30 m to each other. Nest a cup of grass stems, plastered... read more


Partial or full migrant; winter distribution and abundance variable with weather conditions. Autumn... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Population in European Russia (W slope of Urals) 50,000–55,000 pairs. Typical breeding densities in Pechora Basin 4·8 birds/km² in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis). 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 7 December 2019).