Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Bougainville Thrush (Zoothera atrigena)


French: Grive de Bougainville German: Bougainville-Erddrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Bougainville

Zoothera talaseae atrigena

Ripley and Hadden

, 1982,

15 km SSW of Arowa, Bougainville Island, c. 1500 m, 6°20’ S, 155°20’ E


Until recently#R considered conspecific with Z. talaseae, but differs in its slaty-black vs dark grey upperparts (ns[1]); heavy black scalloping on flanks (2); much-reduced wingbars (2); black vs pinkish legs (3); no vs broad white tail tips#R, although this difference not mentioned in original description#R (ns[2]); lack of vague white markings (lores, cheek patch) on face with feebler white eyering (ns[1]); shorter wings#R (at least 1); longer bill, tail and particularly tarsus#R (allow 2). Monotypic.


Bougainville I, in N Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Adult has dark grey lores, narrow whitish eyering; rest of head and upperparts, including upperwings and tail, slaty black, greater and median upperwing-coverts with... read more


Virtually unknown. Thin high-pitched call similar to that of congeners has been reported.


Montane forest at c. 1500 m. Forages also in taro (Colocasia/Alocasia) gardens... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Forages on ground, where decidedly inconspicuous.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to a single island in the Solomon group EBA. An enigmatic Zoothera... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Bougainville Thrush (Zoothera atrigena). 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).