Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Fawn-breasted Thrush (Zoothera machiki)


French: Grive à poitrine fauve German: Tanimbarerddrossel Spanish: Zorzal de las Tanimbar

Geocichla machiki

H. O. Forbes

, 1884,

Timor-Laut, Tanimbar Islands


Has been considered a subspecies of Z. dauma. Monotypic.


Tanimbar Is (Yamdena, Larat).

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm. Rather warm mid-brown above, shading to slightly russet on rump and tail, with very slight darker scaling on body feathers; pale-edged wings with two well-... read more


Song a series of plain whistled or piping notes; call a sharp “tsit”.


Primary forest; occasionally secondary scrub and recently burnt areas.

Food and feeding

Forages in dense scrub, but also in open on tracks through wooded areas.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Locally common in primary forest. Significant... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Fawn-breasted Thrush (Zoothera machiki). 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 25 February 2020).