Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Thrush (Zoothera dixoni)


French: Grive de Dixon German: Dixonerddrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Dixon

Geocichla dixoni


, 1881,



Formerly considered conspecific with Z. mollissima. Monotypic.


C & E Himalayas (E from Uttarakhand, N India) and SE Xizang, N & NE Myanmar and S China (Sichuan, S & W Yunnan); non-breeding also NE India (S of R Brahmaputra), NW Thailand and N Indochina.

Descriptive notes

25–27 cm; 71–125 g. Plain warm olive-brown above from crown to tail, with whitish eyering, buffy face marked dark below eye, on rear ear-coverts and on malar; two... read more


Song a slow, arbitrary, protracted series of phrases consisting of squeaky rasps, fluty chortles,... read more


In Himalayas breeds in dense fir, juniper and birch-rhododendron forest, at 3000–4200 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Largely terrestrial. Often seen while foraging along leafy tracks and roadsides. Occasionally in small flocks in non-breeding season;... read more


May–Jul in Himalayas. Nest a large cup of twigs and moss, lined with grass, placed up to 3 m above ground in low tree. Eggs 3, dull... read more


Largely resident, but with seasonal vertical movements, probably some short-distance migrations. In... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common; uncommon in Myanmar and China. Scarce to uncommon in winter SE Asia.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Long-tailed Thrush (Zoothera dixoni). 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 25 February 2020).