Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Makira Thrush (Zoothera margaretae)


French: Grive des Salomon German: San-Cristóbal-Erddrossel Spanish: Zorzal de San Cristóbal
Other common names: San Cristobal Thrush, White-bellied Thrush, Solomons Thrush

Turdus margaretae


, 1935,

San Cristobal, 1900 feet [c. 580 m], Solomon Islands


Often treated as conspecific with Z. turipavae. Has also been treated as a race of Z. talaseae, but this very inappropriate on basis of plumage. Monotypic.


Makira (San Cristobal), in SE Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 60–71 g. Male is dark olive-brown above from crown to tail, with two narrow white-spotted wingbars on darker brown wing-coverts; brown-flecked whitish super­... read more


Song a simple series of clicks, grates and whistles, often with long intervals between notes. Call... read more


Undergrowth of mid-montane ridge forest at 400–700 m, once at 200 m; preference for upper... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach contained earthy paste with small centipede and snail. Terrestrial.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Apparently fairly common at one site visited in recent... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Makira Thrush (Zoothera margaretae). 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).