Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-bellied Thrush (Turdus fulviventris)


French: Merle à ventre fauve German: Ockerbauchdrossel Spanish: Zorzal ventricastaño

Turdus fulviventris

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Nova Grenada [= Bogotá]




NE Colombia and NW Venezuela, and from SC Colombia S to Ecuador and NW Peru.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 69–71 g. Has black head and throat, brownish slate-grey upperparts merging with pure mid-grey breast, orange-chestnut lower underparts, olive-grey... read more


Song (from canopy) infrequent and relatively mediocre for Turdus, a rather fast series of... read more


All strata in humid subtropical montane forest, including stunted mossy cloudforest with many... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, including berries. Usually forages in trees, but rarely seen in fruiting trees with other species; sometimes feeds amid leaf litter... read more


Apr–Aug in Colombia; fledgling in Feb in Peru; song mainly May–Jul in Venezuela. No other information.


Presumably mainly sedentary. Several records of individuals as low as 1000–1100 m in S... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon and nowhere numerous in Venezuela. Uncommon and rather local in Colombia, with puzzling apparent absence between known areas of occurrence... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Chestnut-bellied Thrush (Turdus fulviventris). 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 18 June 2019).