Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Sichuan Forest Thrush (Zoothera griseiceps)


French: Grive du Sichuan German: Sichuanerddrossel Spanish: Zorzal dorsiliso de Sichuan

Oreocincla griseiceps


, 1930,



Until very recently considered conspecific with Z. mollissima and Z. salimalii under the name “Plain-backed Thrush”, but differs from latter in characters given under that species (which see). Differs from former on account of its larger bill (effect size on published data 3.62; score 2); greyer forehead to nape, contrasting clearly with warmer upperparts (1); less contrasting face pattern (1); more uniformly patterned wings (1); parapatric occurrence along (below) the forest/alpine ecotone (3); and far richer, slower, more musical song, hence lower bottom frequency (effect size >2; score 2) and lower peak frequency (effect size >2; score 2)#R. Monotypic.

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SC China (NC & C Sichuan); non-breeding poorly known, but reported from NW Vietnam (NW Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

25–27 cm. Adult has forehead to nape dark grey-brown, contrasting with warm rufous-brown upperparts, upperwing and tail; lores dark brown, bordered above by whitish loral... read more


Song a slow series comprising drawn-out, rich clear notes and shorter, thinner ones, with very few... read more


Found in dense secondary broadleaf forest with scattered conifers and dense scrubby undergrowth; in... read more

Food and feeding

Little information; diet presumably consists of various arthropods together with snails and the like, along with some vegetable matter (... read more


Little specific information. Season probably Apr/May–Jul. No definite information on other aspects of breeding, but these are considered... read more


Little known. Reported in winter (at least Dec–Feb) from NW Vietnam (NW Tonkin), with a single... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Not well known. Appears to be locally fairly common. No threats to the species have been identified, and its population is thought... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Sichuan Forest Thrush (Zoothera griseiceps). 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 17 February 2020).