Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul)


French: Merle à ailes grises German: Bülbülamsel Spanish: Mirlo aligrís

Lanius boulboul


, 1790,

Darjeeling, India




Himalayas (from NE Pakistan), S China (Yunnan, S Guizhou, Guangxi, SE Hunan) and N Indochina; non-breeding also in NE India (S Assam hills), W Myanmar and NW ­Thailand.

Descriptive notes

27–29 cm; 85–105 g. Male is black, with broad pinkish-grey wingpanel, whitish-tipped wing-coverts, vague greyish scaling on lower underparts; yellow bill and... read more


Song, from treetop or isolated tree in clearing, a rich, loud, melodious series of relaxed phrases... read more


Breeds in diverse humid oak (Quercus) and other broadleaf evergreen forests (with ... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including a high proportion of larvae, ground-feeding caterpillars, also snails, slugs, earthworms and fruits; berries, especially... read more


Mar–Aug, mainly Apr–Jul; often double-brooded, at least at lower elevations. Nest a flimsy or bulky, sometimes mud-lined cup,... read more


Mainly resident, but makes seasonal vertical movements. Sometimes disperses through adjacent plains... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in Pakistan and throughout much of breeding range; rare in China; uncommon resident in N Laos and N Vietnam. In Pakistan, 4–5... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul). 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 23 January 2020).