Family Thrushes (Turdidae)


Grey-sided Thrush (Turdus feae)


French: Merle de Fea German: Feadrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Fea

Merula Feae


, 1887,

Mulayit Mountain, Tenasserim, Myanmar




N China (Beijing, W & N Hebei, Shanxi); non-breeding NE India, Myanmar, NW Thailand.

Descriptive notes

22–23·5 cm. Male has whitish supercilium, subocular line, short submous­tachial and throat, blackish-brown lores; bright olive-brown above and on neck side,... read more


Song a series of short phrases with very short trills and rich melodious burry notes. Calls include... read more


Breeds in temperate deciduous oak (Quercus) and pine (Pinus) forest, including... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates and fruits (mainly insects and berries); also evidently nectar, from flowering Acrocarpus fraxinifolius. Insects and... read more


May–Jul. Nest a cup of straw, roots and plant fibres bound with mud, placed 1–1·5 m up in small tree amid dense vegetation.... read more


Long-distance migrant, wintering S & SE Asia. Recorded from mid-Oct in NE India, but earliest... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CMS Appendix II. Restricted-range species: present in Shanxi Mountains EBA. Generally very scarce. Population currently placed in range 2500–10,000 mature... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Grey-sided Thrush (Turdus feae). 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).