Family Thrushes (Turdidae)


Javan Cochoa (Cochoa azurea)


French: Cochoa azuré German: Sundaschnäpperdrossel Spanish: Cochoa de Java

Turdus azureus


, 1824,



Has often been considered conspecific with C. beccarii, but differs significantly in size and plumage. Monotypic.


Mountains of W & C Java.

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Male is shiny dark blue above, with paler shiny blue crown and edges of greater upperwing-coverts and flight-feathers; deep purplish-blue below; iris dark; bill and... read more


Song, delivered in one instance from perch only 4 m off ground, a thin high whistle, “siiiit”.... read more


Lower and upper tropical montane rainforest, at 900–3000 m. “Normal” use of lower and middle... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and berries, including Zanthoxylum ovalifolium and Z. scandens; also insects and snails. Captive individual took... read more


Aug–Apr; nest with grown nestling in Sept, eggs in Dec and dependent nestling in Apr. Only nest described was a cup typical of family... read more


Apparently sedentary; possibly some local seasonal or elevational movements.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Java and Bali Forests EBA. Estimated global population in range 2500–10,000 mature individuals; considered to be... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Javan Cochoa (Cochoa azurea). 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).