Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Lawrence's Thrush (Turdus lawrencii)


French: Merle de Lawrence German: Lawrencedrossel Spanish: Zorzal imitador

Turdus lawrencii


, 1880,

“Upper Amazons”




S Venezuela, W Guyana, and upper Amazonia in SE Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru, W Brazil and N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

21·5–23 cm; 73 g. Male is rufous-tinged olive-brown above, rufous-drab below, with dark-streaked white throat, white belly to vent, yellow bill (duller non-... read more


Song, from hidden perch at middle to high levels, a halting, series of phrases each of which... read more


Middle levels and canopy of humid forest, especially terra firme (including on sandy soil... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not recorded. Forages mainly arboreally, assembling in fruiting trees and shrubs; sometimes descends to ground to feed in damp leaf... read more


Poorly known. Recorded late Jan in Peru, but song period extends through at least Apr–Oct, and speculated that season coincides with... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Rare and local in Venezuela. In Colombia known from Tinigua National Park, the species’ most N locality. In Ecuador,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Lawrence's Thrush (Turdus lawrencii). 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).