Family Thrushes (Turdidae)


Sumatran Cochoa (Cochoa beccarii)


French: Cochoa de Sumatra German: Sumatraschnäpperdrossel Spanish: Cochoa de Sumatra

Cochoa beccarii


, 1879,

Padang Highlands, Sumatra


See C. azurea. Monotypic.


Mountains of Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

28 cm. Male looks like a cross between C. purpurea and C. viridis: velvety (yet slightly glossy) black, with dull powder-blue forehead and crown; extensive... read more


Song or call a long, thin, high mournful whistle. Calls include “sip” in flight, similar to that of... read more


All storeys of tropical lower montane forest, at 1000–2200 m.

Food and feeding

Small fruits, including green berries in bushes 5–10 m off ground. Possibly forages also on ground, for invertebrates or fallen fruit... read more


Suspected brood-feeding by pair in Feb, and juvenile and immatures observed in May–Jun; song heard daily in Jun, and season probably... read more


Apparently sedentary; possibly some local seasonal or elevational movements.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Estimated global population in range 2500–10,000 mature individuals, and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Sumatran Cochoa (Cochoa beccarii). 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).