Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)


French: Grive à ailes rousses German: Rostflügeldrossel Spanish: Zorzal eunomo

Turdus eunomus


, 1831,



Formerly treated as conspecific with T. naumanni; see that species. Monotypic.


NC & NE Siberia from lower R Yenisey E to W Chukotka and Kamchatka; S limit uncertain but includes middle Angara basin, middle and upper R Podkamennaya Tunguska and upper R Lena, and possibly S to L Baikal, and extending E to at least upper Vitim. Non-breeding from NE India E to N Vietnam (E Tonkin), SE & E China (mainly S of Yangtze basin), Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 55–106 g. Male is boldly blackish and white on head, with black of crown and ear-coverts meeting on nape, whitish supercilium, subocular line, broad... read more


Song, by male from high in tree, a series of short, loud, musical phrases of 3–5 notes which... read more


Breeds in lowland tundra edges, scrub, dense riverine stands of willow (Salix) and poplar... read more

Food and feeding

Stomachs from China, in period Apr–Nov, held beetles (Coleoptera), locusts (Locustidae), insect larvae and plant seeds; in Nov–... read more


May/Jun–Aug. Nest a crude cup of various grasses, twigs and moss, mixed with mud and lined with fine grass, placed up to 5 m above... read more


Migratory. Winters from S Japan and Taiwan S & W through S China, NW Thailand, N Myanmar and E... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common. In winter rare in N Korea, commoner in S Korea (mainly spring). Common to abundant on S Kurils, Hokkaido, Honshu, Sado, Shikoku, Kyushu and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & de Juana, E. (2020). Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus). 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 29 February 2020).