Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Spot-winged Thrush (Geokichla spiloptera)


French: Grive à ailes tachetées German: Fleckflügeldrossel Spanish: Zorzal alimoteado

O[reocincla]. spiloptera


, 1847,

Sri Lanka




C & S Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

21–23 cm; 70 g. Warm brown above from head to tail, with two white-spotted wingbars; face and underparts whitish, white lores and half-eyering, smudged blackish... read more


Song, in early morning or just before dusk, involves loud, beautiful, slurring, melancholy whistles... read more


Primary moist evergreen forest, selectively logged areas, secondary regrowth, cardamom jungle,... read more

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates, including earthworms, spiders, moths, beetles, grasshoppers and other insects and their pupae; also small frogs; also... read more


Mainly Mar–May, also Jul–Jan, but eggs also Feb; two or three broods. Pair-bond may last all year; feeding of female by male... read more


Apparently sedentary. Historical records of sporadic occurrence in dry zone suggest some form of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Fairly common to common. Greatest abundance apparently in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Spot-winged Thrush (Geokichla spiloptera). 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 28 February 2020).