Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Spectacled Thrush (Turdus nudigenis)


French: Merle à lunettes German: Nacktaugendrossel Spanish: Zorzal caripelado

Turdus nudigenis


, 1848,

Caracas, Venezuela


Appears to form a clade with T. rufiventris, T. maculirostris, T. grayi and T. haplochrous#R, and also now T. sanchezorum (which see). Often considered conspecific with T. maculirostris; has in the past been thought to be conspecific with T. grayi, but differences too great to warrant such treatment. Single specimen of race extimus recently found to be highly distinct genetically#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. n. nudigenis Lafresnaye, 1848 – Lesser Antilles (Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada), Trinidad and Tobago, and from Venezuela and E Andes of Colombia E to the Guianas and N Brazil (N Roraima and N bank of lower R Amazon).
  • T. n. extimus Todd, 1931 – N Brazil (S bank of lower R Amazon).
  • Descriptive notes

    23–24 cm; 50–75 g. Nominate race is olive-brown above, paler below, with dark-streaked white throat, whitish belly and vent, latter with pale brown tips; broad... read more


    Song a series of short, quiet, monotonous but melodious phrases, more musical than that of many... read more


    Secondary forest, semi-open and dry scrubby areas with scattered groves, clearings, shade coffee... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries and fruit, including (Trinidad) paw-paw, guava and avocado pear; also invertebrates, including caterpillars, beetles, moths and... read more


    Mar–Jul in Lesser Antilles; May and Aug in Colombia, May–Sept in Venezuela, Apr–Sept in Trinidad and May–Aug on... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to uncommon generally. Seldom numerous in Colombia; common in Venezuela and in coastal French Guiana. Possibly spreading in N Brazil. Perhaps... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Spectacled Thrush (Turdus nudigenis). 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 25 February 2020).