Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Creamy-bellied Thrush (Turdus amaurochalinus)


French: Merle à ventre clair German: Rahmbauchdrossel Spanish: Zorzal chalchalero

T[urdus]. amaurochalinus


, 1851,

#R, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil




S & E Bolivia and S Brazil S to C Argentina; non-breeding also N to SE Peru and N (non-Amazonian) Brazil, casually to C Chile.

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm; 52–73 g. Plumage is olive-brown above, including head to below eye, except for black lores; brown-streaked white throat, greyish-buff (sometimes grey)... read more


Song a musical but fairly monotonous caroling, dry and somewhat less spirited than those of South... read more


Cerrado, open forest, forest borders, lighter woodland, second growth, thorny thickets,... read more

Food and feeding

Largely invertebrates, at least in Chaco areas, and regularly sallies for termites. Also many fruits, including Rapanea laetevirens... read more


Fledglings in Feb–Mar in Bolivia; Nov in S Brazil; Oct–Dec, and fledglings in Mar, in Argentina. Nest a cup made of grass,... read more


Partial migrant. Pattern not clear, but in austral winter some (perhaps majority, with exception of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Common throughout most of Paraguay and all of Uruguay.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & de Juana, E. (2020). Creamy-bellied Thrush (Turdus amaurochalinus). 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).