Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Plumbeous-backed Thrush (Turdus reevei)


French: Merle de Reeve German: Schiefermanteldrossel Spanish: Zorzal dorsiplomizo

Turdus reevei


, 1869,

Puna Island, Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador




W Ecuador and NW Peru.

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm; 61–66 g. Male is bluish slate-grey above, with white or bluish-white iris, dark-streaked white throat terminating in small white crescent, pale grey... read more


Song, apparently only for brief period when breeding, a fairly fast, typical Turdus... read more


Deciduous and semi-humid evergreen forest and woodland, edges, scrub, and adjacent clearings;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known. Mainly arboreal, often gathering in sizeable concentrations in fruiting trees; sometimes joins mixed-species flocks.


Nests during rainy season, Jan–Mar/Apr; juveniles in Apr. One nest was an open thick-walled cup of grasses and other plant material,... read more


Seasonal movements and marked changes in abundance, but still unclear; appears to follow rains,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Uncommon to locally common (perhaps seasonally). In Ecuador, numerous in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Plumbeous-backed Thrush (Turdus reevei). 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 29 February 2020).