Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut-backed Thrush (Geokichla dohertyi)


French: Grive de Doherty German: Sumbawadrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Doherty

Geocichla dohertyi

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1896,

Lombok (type) and Sumbawa, Lesser Sundas




Lesser Sundas: Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba, Alor#R and Timor.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm. Similar to G. erythronota, but crown all blackish, face more extensively white; underparts different, with black of breast smudging with broad... read more


Song, usually from mid-canopy, a series of phrases separated by c. 1 second, each consisting of 3... read more


Closed-canopy semi-evergreen lower montane and montane forest, occasionally penetrating degraded... read more

Food and feeding

Forages on ground, but also in trees, and most frequently observed in middle storey. Occasionally in groups of up to five in fruiting trees... read more


Recently fledged birds late Jul to early Aug on Sumba, but singing also at that time, indicating extended season; juveniles on Sumbawa and... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Nusa Tenggara EBA, Sumba EBA and Timor and Wetar EBA. At least... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Chestnut-backed Thrush (Geokichla dohertyi). 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 9 December 2019).