Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Pale-eyed Thrush (Turdus leucops)


French: Merle à oeil clair German: Blauaugendrossel Spanish: Mirlo ojiblanco

Turdus leucops


, 1877,

Ropaybamba, Peru


In the past placed in genus Platycichla, but generic separation not supported by molecular studies. Monotypic.


N, W & SE Venezuela, W Guyana and N Brazil (N Roraima, N Amazonas), W, C & E Andes of Colombia and Ecuador, and from Peru S to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, C Santa Cruz); status in Suriname unknown#R.

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 66 g. Male is all black, with bluish-white iris, yellow bill and legs. Female is warm darkish grey-brown above, slightly paler below, with pale grey-brown eye... read more


Song (from canopy or subcanopy) a disjointed, choppy but fine series of short phrases, some musical... read more


Most strata (lower and middle storeys, less often subcanopy and canopy) and borders of humid and... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit and berries. Forages arboreally in furtive manner, but sometimes gathers in small flocks in fruiting trees; also feeds on... read more


Season Apr–Jun in Venezuela, Dec–Jun in Ecuador; food-carrying adults and recently fledged young in Jun in Colombia. Nests... read more


Apparently sedentary in most of range; records below and above main elevational range may refer to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Not well known; seemingly uncommon and local, but notably shy and reclusive, so that true assessment of status proves difficult;... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Pale-eyed Thrush (Turdus leucops). 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 19 November 2019).