Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Campina Thrush (Turdus arthuri)


French: Merle d’Arthur German: Tepuidrossel Spanish: Zorzal piquinegro guayanés

Planesticus arthuri

C. Chubb

, 1914,

Abary River, Guyana


Very recently proposed for separation from T. ignobilis based on strong molecular and relatively weak plumage differences#R. This accepted here, given (vs all other taxa in T. ignobilis as constituted in HBW, including T. debilis) purer grey underparts with relatively little white (narrow strip on central belly, and on vent) (2); stronger, clearer throat pattern (1); use of white-sand (campina) forest (1); highly dynamic song with accelerations (allow 2) and repetitions (allow 2) unlike in other taxa#R. Overlooked race cururuensis (EC Amazonian Brazil) recently listed for the species#R but apparently undiagnosable#R. Monotypic.

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Campina and cerrado areas of extreme E Colombia, S Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and NW Brazil (N & S of R Amazon)#R.

Descriptive notes

21·5–24 cm; 50–66 g. A drab, nondescript thrush, dark greyish brown above and dull grey below becoming dirty white posteriorly, with white median throat streaked dusky, black... read more


Song generally similar to that of T. ignobilis (and many other Turdus), but see... read more


Found in light woodland, tall second growth, disturbed areas, and even parks and gardens. In... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not described, but unlikely to differ from that of T. ignobilis. Forages mainly in trees, regularly visiting fruiting trees... read more


Almost no information, but nest and eggs presumably are usually similar to those of T. ignobilis and T. debilis; however... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Large range within which the species is generally fairly common to uncommon, but it is very patchily distributed outside of Venezuela... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Campina Thrush (Turdus arthuri). 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).