Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Geomalia (Geomalia heinrichi)


French: Géomalie des Célèbes German: Sulawesidrossel Spanish: Zorzal terrestre de Célebes

Geomalia heinrichi


, 1931,

Mount Latimodjong, 2800 m, Sulawesi


Birds from N & SE Sulawesi described as race matinangensis, but diagnostic characters weak and not apparent in all material. Monotypic.


Mountains of Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

28–30 cm. Distinctive species with long, graduated and slightly arched tail, distinctly short rounded wings, heavy bill, weak legs. Nominate race is dark brown to slate... read more


Song or call a thin, slightly dry, high-pitched whistle lasting c. 1 second, repeated at 0·5... read more


Primary montane evergreen forest with dense undergrowth, moss-forest and dwarf forest, at 1700... read more

Food and feeding

Large coleopterans, beetle (elaterid) larvae and a small snail found in stomachs. Forages on ground, moving through undergrowth with agile... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Currently considered Near-threatened. Generally scarce,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Geomalia (Geomalia heinrichi). 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).