Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica)


French: Grive de Sibérie German: Schieferdrossel Spanish: Zorzal siberiano

Turdus sibiricus


, 1776,

Siberia = Konda River, Transbaikalia


Races differ clearly in plumage, davisoni male larger and blacker (and with far less white on undertail-coverts and tail) than nominate, female darker, differences readily discernible in the field#R; also vocally, davisoni song more squawky and abrupt, less musical than that of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. sibirica (Pallas, 1776) – Siberian Thrush – C & E Siberia E to N Sea of Okhotsk, S to N Mongolia, NE China (N Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang) and Russian Far East; non-breeding SE Asia S to Greater Sundas.
  • G. s. davisoni (A. O. Hume, 1877) – Sakhalin Thrush – Sakhalin, S Kuril Is and Japan; non-breeding Malay Peninsula S to S Sundaic region.
  • Descriptive notes

    20·5–23 cm; 60–72 g. Male nominate race is bluish-slaty, darker on face and shoulders, with long white supercilium, white belly, and white tips of... read more


    Song, typically by male from high in tree, a prolonged series of spaced-out, languid, rich but also... read more


    Thick undergrowth of dense moist broadleaf evergreen and deciduous forest (including Populus... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, chiefly worms, and fruit, including fallen figs. Commonly terrestrial, but sometimes visits fruiting trees; usually in... read more


    May–Jul in China and Japan; Jun–Jul in C Siberia. Nest a cup of small twigs, tendrils and bark, lined with moss, leaves and... read more


    Migratory. Departs from breeding areas early Sept to mid-Oct, with extensive passage through E... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to locally abundant in Russia; fairly common in China. Locally common in Japan on Hokkaido and N & C Honshu; rare breeder in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica). 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 10 December 2019).