Family Thrushes (Turdidae)


Forest Thrush (Turdus lherminieri)


French: Grive à pieds jaunes German: Antillendrossel Spanish: Zorzal antillano

Turdus L’Herminieri


, 1844,



Previously accorded its own genus, Cichlherminia, but genetic data#R#R place it in present genus. Montserrat race previously known as lawrencii, but name invalid, as preoccupied; suggested replacement, montserrati#R, itself a junior synonym of dorotheae#R. Recent study#R found that three island populations (St Lucia not sampled, as no birds of this form located), separated by only 40–50 km, exhibited clear morphological and genetic differentiation from one another; further research needed. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. dorotheae (Wolters, 1980) – Montserrat.
  • T. l. lherminieri Lafresnaye, 1844 – Guadeloupe.
  • T. l. dominicensis (Lawrence, 1880) – Dominica.
  • T. l. sanctaeluciae (P. L. Sclater, 1880) – St Lucia.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–30 cm; 100 g. Nominate race is warm brown above, including side of head (cheeks and ear-coverts with thin white lines), with broad yellow eyering and postocular... read more


    Song, from concealed perch, a musical cadence of clear notes, fairly loud and far-carrying,... read more


    All strata in moist mountain primary and secondary forest and edge, at middle and high elevations.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and berries. Forages from ground to canopy. Formerly, when more numerous, gathered in large numbers in autumn to take berries on St... read more


    Apr–Jul. Nest a bulky cup made externally of moss, usually built close to ground in bush, tree-fern or tree. Eggs 2–3, greenish... read more


    Apparently sedentary; records of large numbers at fruiting trees on St Lucia suggest collective... read more

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in the Lesser Antilles EBA. Total numbers considered greater than 10,000 mature individuals, but loss and degradation of habitat... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Forest Thrush (Turdus lherminieri). 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).