Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Tickell's Thrush (Turdus unicolor)


French: Merle unicolore German: Einfarbdrossel Spanish: Zorzal unicolor

T[urdus]. unicolor


, 1833,

Bansigar in Borabhum, West Bengal




Himalayas (N Pakistan E to W Bhutan); non-breeding in adjacent plains and foothills and also W Pakistan, S, C & E India and Bangladesh.

Descriptive notes

20–25 cm; 58–75 g. Male is plain ashy-grey, slightly paler below, with faint blackish lores, slight white streaking on throat, white mid-belly to undertail-... read more


Song, by male from elevated perch throughout breeding season, often in middle of day, a relaxed... read more


Breeds in open broadleaf montane forest with grassy or bare substrate, including mixed deciduous... read more

Food and feeding

Earthworms, insects and fruit, including orchard windfalls. Seen to bring grubs to nestlings. Forages on bare ground, e.g. in pine leaf... read more


Apr–Aug, mainly May–Jun; probably double-brooded. Nest a deep cup, sometimes tidy, sometimes straggly, made of fibres, dry or... read more


Undertakes short-distance S & E migration and minor seasonal vertical movements in winter. In... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in W Himalayas, including locally in N Pakistan up to Afghan border, and in Vale of Kashmir; rarer in E. Uncommon in Nepal. Habit of feeding... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Tickell's Thrush (Turdus unicolor). 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 17 February 2020).