Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Pied Thrush (Geokichla wardii)


French: Grive de Ward German: Elsterdrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Ward

T[urdus]. Wardii


, 1843,

Mysore, India




Himalayas of N India (W Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand) and Nepal; non-breeding mainly in Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 52–72 g. Male is black above and to mid-breast, white from mid-breast to undertail-coverts, with black chevrons on flanks; white lores to super­... read more


Song a protracted unmusical sequence of spaced whistled phrases, each consisting of 2–4 short... read more


Breeds in damp areas near water in open broadleaf forest, secondary areas and fragments, often... read more

Food and feeding

Two species of beetle, a fly and a centipede found in one stomach. Partial to mulberries but also other fruit, including guava and wild fig... read more


May–Jul. Nest a compact cup of moss and dead leaves, braced with a little mud and lined with roots, placed up to 5 m from ground in... read more


Migratory. Winters mainly, possibly exclusively, in Sri Lanka, arriving Nov and departing end Mar... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near-threatened. Local and uncommon; sparsely distributed in breeding range. Reports of breeding E of known range, in Sikkim,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Pied Thrush (Geokichla wardii). 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 February 2020).