Family Thrushes (Turdidae)


La Selle Thrush (Turdus swalesi)


French: Merle de La Selle German: Haitidrossel Spanish: Zorzal de La Española

Haplocichla swalesi


, 1927,

Massif de la Selle, 6000 feet [c. 1830 m], Haiti


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. s. swalesi (Wetmore, 1927) – S Haiti and SW Dominican Republic.
  • T. s. dodae G. R. Graves & Olson, 1986 – C Dominican Republic.
  • Descriptive notes

    26–27 cm; 88–110 g. Nominate race is blackish above, including soft-edged hood, shading to deep rufous-chestnut mid-belly and flanks, blackish thighs, white lower... read more


    Song a long-sustained, slow and deliberately spaced series of loud, low, fluty phrases, e.g.... read more


    Dense shrubby understorey of subtropical moist montane broadleaf forest, also planted clearings... read more

    Food and feeding

    Earthworms, insects and fruit, including Persea anomala; seen to take wild strawberries in grass at edge of trail. Forages mostly... read more


    May–Jul. Nest a bulky cup made mainly of moss, placed at low to middle height in shrub or tree. Eggs 2–3, greenish-blue with... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Previously considered Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Global range 4100 km². Population placed in range 2500–10,000... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). La Selle Thrush (Turdus swalesi). 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).