Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Sulawesi Thrush (Cataponera turdoides)


French: Cataponère des Célèbes German: Schwarzbrauendrossel Spanish: Zorzal montano de Célebes

Cataponera turdoides

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1896,

Bonthain Peaks, Sulawesi


Sparsity of museum material renders distinctiveness of subspecies hard to judge; field observations and photographs could help to determine degree of intra-racial variation. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. abditiva Riley, 1918 – NC Sulawesi.
  • C. t. tenebrosa Stresemann, 1938 – S Sulawesi.
  • C. t. turdoides E. J. O. Hartert, 1896 – SW Sulawesi.
  • C. t. heinrichi Stresemann, 1938 – SE Sula­wesi.
  • Descriptive notes

    20–25 cm. Nominate race has dark brown crown and distinctive broad black line from lores through supercilium to nape; dull olive-tinged mid-brown above, with darker,... read more


    Song, from exposed perch 3–6 m up in open forest, given in twilight, a pleasant melody... read more


    Occupies montane evergreen forest and moss-forest with dense undergrowth, at 1100–2400 m.

    Food and feeding

    Small mid-storey fruits, and invertebrates and other material from understorey and ground. Forages on ground and in lower storeys of forest... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Widely but locally distributed and, at best, uncommon. Not recorded in N & CE Sulawesi.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Sulawesi Thrush (Cataponera turdoides). 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 21 May 2019).