Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

New Britain Thrush (Zoothera talaseae)


French: Grive de Nouvelle-Bretagne German: Bismarckerddrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Nueva Bretaña
Other common names: Black-backed Thrush

Turdus talaseae

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1926,

Talasea, New Britain


Often considered to embrace Z. margaretae and Z. turipavae, but differs from both significantly in plumage. Until recently considered conspecific with Z. atrigena (which see). Monotypic.


New Britain and Umboi I, in Bismarck Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Adult has dark grey upperparts with black fringes, white spots on face, white eyering; large white tips of wing-coverts forming two broad wingbars, white tips of... read more




Montane mist-forest; recorded at 580–1540 m on New Britain and 1300 m on Umboi.

Food and feeding

Insects and other small animals. Forages on ground and in undergrowth.


Mid Feb in New Britain. Old records: moss nest, interwoven with fine rootlets; two eggs, pale bluish with tiny rufous spots. No other... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Very secretive and little recorded; may prove to be genuinely... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). New Britain Thrush (Zoothera talaseae). 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 February 2020).