Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Sunda Thrush (Zoothera andromedae)


French: Grive andromède German: Sundaerddrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Andrómeda

Myiothera andromedae


, 1826,

Java and Sumatra


Despite highly disjunct insular and montane distribution, no geographical variation evident. Monotypic.


Sumatra (including Enggano I), Java, Bali, Lesser Sundas (E possibly to Romang I#R) and Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Panay, Negros, Mindanao).

Descriptive notes

23·5–25 cm; 81–108 g. Has blackish-brown head with white eyering, black-stippled whitish lores, submoustachial, chin and ear-coverts; crown shading to... read more




Understorey of dense primary mossy hill forest and montane forest. Above 1000 m in Philippines;... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in shady cover on forest floor, usually within dense herb layer.


Oct–Feb in W Java; in Philippines, Oct on Panay and song and breeding-condition bird in Jun on Mindanao. Nest a solid cup of moss,... read more


Uncertain whether resident or migratory in Philippines.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Presence in montane forest renders it relatively secure, at least at present. Rare and local in Philippines. Judged locally fairly common in Sumatra... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Sunda Thrush (Zoothera andromedae). 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 24 January 2020).