Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris)


French: Merle à ventre roux German: Rotbauchdrossel Spanish: Zorzal colorado

Turdus rufiventris


, 1818,



See T. nudigenis (below). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. r. juensis (Cory, 1916) – NE Brazil.
  • T. r. rufiventris Vieillot, 1818 – E Bolivia, S Brazil, Paraguay, N Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–25 cm; 68–82 g. Nominate race has olive-brown upperparts with browner wings and tail, brown-streaked whitish throat, buff-brown breast, pale orange on... read more


    Song, from cover in tops of low trees, a fast rich caroling, loud, continuous and usually varied (... read more


    Light woodland, second growth, semi-open forest thickets, savannas, chaco, pampas... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates and fruit, with more of latter. Invertebrates include especially earthworms, but also woodlice, spiders and insects (notably... read more


    Fledglings Jan–Feb in Bolivia, mainly Aug–Nov but extending to Jan in Brazil, and Oct–Feb in Argentina; typically double-... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and adaptable. In Brazil, occurs in gardens in Rio de Janeiro city, and abundant in Rio Grande do Sul, but seemingly much less numerous in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris). 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 26 February 2020).