Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni)


French: Grive de Naumann German: Rostschwanzdrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Naumann

Turdus naumanni


, 1820,

Silesia and Austria.…Hungary


Formerly treated as conspecific with T. eunomus; taxonomic separation based on very different phenotypic characters, and hybridization evidently rare. Further study desirable. Monotypic.


SC Siberia (middle R Yenisey E to middle and upper Lena basin); S boundary uncertain, perhaps discontinuous E of L Baikal, but in W embracing Angara basin and S L Baikal; small groups reported to breed N of main range, near Lena and Olenek deltas. Non-breeding from extreme SE Russia (Vladivostok area), N Korea and E China S to Yangtze basin and Taiwan; scarce in Japan.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 63–81 g. Male is pale olive-tinged grey-brown above, with pale rufous-buff supercilium, pale rufous scapular tips and median upperwing-coverts, pale... read more


Song, by male, inadequately documented, consists of brief phrases at intervals of several seconds,... read more


Fringes of lowland tundra in thinning taiga and wooded steppe, dense riverine stands of willow (... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and insect larvae, also bilberries (Vaccinium); in autumn also berries of corktree (Phellodendron). Stomachs of... read more


May–Jun. Further information poorly discriminated from that for T. eunomus, but major differences unlikely.


Migratory. Autumn movements in Russia noted from Sept to Nov (Sept in Yakutsk, mid-Sept to mid-Oct... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. In non-breeding season, common in N Korea and abundant in S Korea; in China, fairly common in Shanghai area in winter and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni). 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 28 January 2020).