Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Green Cochoa (Cochoa viridis)


French: Cochoa vert German: Smaragdschnäpperdrossel Spanish: Cochoa verde

Co[choa]. Viridis


, 1836,





E Himalayas from NE India (Sikkim, N West Bengal to Arunachal Pradesh and S Assam hills), W & E Myanmar, S & E China (S Yunnan, Fujian), W, N and SE Thailand, SW & E Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Tonkin, Annam); old records from E Uttarakhand (N India) and Nepal. Migratory or nomadic in NE India.

Descriptive notes

25–28 cm; male 88–99 g, female 117–122 g. Male is mainly mossy green, with shiny mid-blue crown and nape, slightly darker blue face; bluish towards centre... read more


Song, from perch in upper middle storey, a very thin, even, pure monotone whistle, “fiiiiiiii... read more


Dense moist broadleaf evergreen forest, often near small streams, at 700–1800 m; in various... read more

Food and feeding

Berries, insects and molluscs recorded. In S Vietnam, recorded using stones as anvils to open snails. Forages, often in pairs or small... read more


May–Jul in Himalayas and Apr–Jun in SE Asia. Nest a shallow cup placed up to 10 m above ground in fork of small tree, often... read more


Summer breeding visitor in Himalayas Mar–Aug, or strongly nomadic; seemingly absent during... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare or, at least, rarely seen owing to highly unobtrusive behaviour; at least formerly rather common in E Manipur (NE India). Originally described... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & de Juana, E. (2020). Green Cochoa (Cochoa viridis). 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 17 February 2020).