Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)


French: Merle obscur German: Weißbrauendrossel Spanish: Zorzal rojigrís

Turdus obscurus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

“Sibiriae silvis, ultra lacum Baical” = Transbaikalia




C & E Siberia E to Kamchatka, S to N Mongolia, Amurland and Sakhalin; non-breeding NE Indian Subcontinent E to Taiwan, S to Greater Sundas and Philippines.

Descriptive notes

21–23 cm; 61–117 g. Male has whitish supercilium, subocular line, short submoustachial streak and chin, blackish-brown lores, and brownish-grey face streaks and... read more


Song a deliberate series of short, disjointed, varied phrases consisting of simple rich but often... read more


Breeds in gloomy, moist spruce-fir (Picea-Abies) forest, preferably near water,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, snails, berries; apparently exclusively berries on arrival in Borneo, where fruits with seeds 7 × 5 mm found in stomachs.... read more


May–Jul; fledglings in Aug in Mongolia; usually double-brooded. Nest a cup of grass, rootlets, bark and twigs with some mud admixed,... read more


Migratory. Winters from NE Indian Subcontinent (mainly E from Bhutan) and Myanmar E to Taiwan, and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout most of range. On wintering grounds, generally common throughout; fairly common in SE Asia,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus). 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 28 January 2020).