French: Merle pâle German: Fahldrossel Spanish: Zorzal pálido
Turdus pallidus J. F. Gmelin, 1789, “Sibiria, ultra lacum
“Sibiria, ultra lacum Baikal” = Transbaikalia
SE Russia, NE China (Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning), Korea, and has bred Japan (SW Honshu); non-breeding S China (S of R Yangtze, W to Guizhou and SE Yunnan), S Korea, C & S Japan and Taiwan.
23–25 cm; 64–90 g. Male has dull brownish-grey head, often (presumably older birds) extending to chin and throat, shading to chestnut-tinged pale brown upperparts... read more
Song, sometimes given just prior to spring migration, a series of loud, cheerful but monotonous... read more
Low montane and submontane pine and deciduous forest, spruce forest, fir-pine woodland, thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects (coleopterans) and spiders, also fruits (including whortleberries) and seeds. Commonly forages on ground in leaf litter; also in... read more
May–Aug, mainly May–Jun in Russia, May–Jul in China and Jun–Jul in N Korea; bred Aug (once) in Japan; double-... read more
Summer visitor to SE Russia and NE China, wintering Japan, S China (S of R Yangtze) and Taiwan.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in Russia. Common in China, although scarce to uncommon in winter in Hong Kong; common in winter in Shanghai area (where apparently... read more
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