Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut-capped Thrush (Geokichla interpres)


French: Grive de Kuhl German: Rostkappendrossel Spanish: Zorzal coronicastaño

Turdus interpres


, 1828,

Java and Sumatra


Often treated as conspecific with G. leucolaema, but the two differ in morphology and voice#R. Monotypic.


S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, SW Philippines (Malamaui, Jolo and Tawitawi, in Sulu Is), Java (including Krakatau, Deli, Tinjil) and Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm. Has dark chestnut crown and nape, shading to slaty blue-black upperparts with two very broad white wingbars (median coverts all white); whitish lores and... read more


Song (on Flores locally delivered from roofs of village houses and in middle storey of forest... read more


Lower to middle storey of primary, tall secondary and logged forest, woodland and woodlots;... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including earthworms, insects and snails, also fruit. Earthworms seen passed by male to presumed mate, and black seed 1 cm... read more


Jun–Jul (wet season) in Thailand, but fledgling in Dec; Apr and Sept in N Borneo, with breeding-condition birds May–Jun and... read more


Resident. Unclear dispersive pattern, has been suggested as nomadism; in Borneo, several records of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Rare in Thailand and Philippines; scarce and local in Peninsular Malaysia. In Thailand, 11 territories... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Chestnut-capped Thrush (Geokichla interpres). 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).