Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Purple Cochoa (Cochoa purpurea)


French: Cochoa violet German: Purpurschnäpperdrossel Spanish: Cochoa púrpura

Cochoa purpurea


, 1836,





Himalayas from N India (Uttarakhand) E to W Arunachal Pradesh and S Assam hills, N & E Myanmar, SC China (S Sichuan, Yunnan), NW Thailand, N Laos#R and N Vietnam (N Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

25–28 cm; 100–106 g. Male is mainly deep greyish-purple, with silver-blue crown, black face; primaries with silvery-grey double patch and black intervening panel... read more


Song a rich, mellow, low-sounding pure whistle, “fwhiiiiiiiiit”, initially slightly... read more


Dense humid and moist broadleaf evergreen forest, pine (Pinus) forest, humid undergrowth... read more

Food and feeding

Berries, insects, molluscs. At Namdapha National Park, NE India, recorded taking fruits from Beilschmiedia assamica, ... read more


May–Jul in India. Nest a shallow cup placed 2–6 m above ground in fork of small tree. Eggs 2–4, pale sea-green with... read more


In Himalayas apparently a summer visitor, May–Oct, or else strongly nomadic, but no evidence... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce in Himalayas, although probably under-recorded owing to highly unobtrusive behaviour; at least formerly common in summer in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Purple Cochoa (Cochoa purpurea). 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 22 January 2020).