French: Merle du Japon German: Scheckendrossel Spanish: Zorzal japonés
CE China (Anhui and S Henan S to Guizhou) and Japan (Hokkaido S to Kyushu); non-breeding SE China (SE Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong), Hainan and N Indochina (S to C Annam).
21–22 cm. Male is black on head to nape and breast, slaty black on rest of upperparts; white belly to vent with black “inverted heart” spotting on upper... read more
Song, from treetop, rich in quality, long and warbling, rising and falling in pitch, with rhythm... read more
Broadleaf deciduous and mixed evergreen forest, preferring dark shady valleys and streamsides with... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and fallen fruits; also earthworms. Scratches in leaf litter.
From May in China and Apr–Aug in Japan; double-brooded. Polygynous males have been found in Japan, maintaining primary and secondary... read more
Migratory. Winters in Indochina S to C Laos and NC Vietnam, and in coastal areas of SE China,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Relatively scarce to uncommon in China. In Japan, common breeder on Hokkaido and N & C Honshu, less common in SW Honshu, Sado,... read more
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