Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Chinese Thrush (Otocichla mupinensis)


French: Grive de Verreaux German: Chinasingdrossel Spanish: Zorzal chino

Turdus mupinensis


, 1920,

mountains of Chinese Tibet = Mupin, Sichuan




EC & S China from Hebei and W Gansu S to Yunnan; N populations probably migratory#R.

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Has light grey-brown crown and upperparts, head with blackish vertical stripe below eye and another on rear ear-coverts, blackish malar stripe; upperwing-coverts with... read more


Song a measured series of pleasant well-spaced phrases of 3–5 fairly evenly pitched notes, e.... read more


Mixed broadleaf-conifer forest at 1300–3200 m; plantations and thickets on local migration.

Food and feeding

Recorded digging for grubs and taking berries. No other information.


May–Jul. Nest up to 2·5 m above ground on branch or stump. Eggs 4–6, greyish-blue with reddish-brown spots. No other... read more


Largely resident. N populations probably migrate S after breeding; recorded as scarce migrant at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered Near Threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Poorly known species.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Chinese Thrush (Otocichla mupinensis). 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 21 January 2020).