Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

White-chinned Thrush (Turdus aurantius)


French: Merle à miroir German: Weißkinndrossel Spanish: Zorzal gorjiblanco

Turdus aurantius

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

“in Jamaicae montibus” = mountains of Jamaica





Descriptive notes

24–26·5 cm; 82 g. Plumage is glossy dark brownish-grey above, shading to mid-grey below, palest on belly and flanks, with white wing patch, chin, mid-belly and... read more


Song, given late Feb to Aug, a musical lullaby-like “turé-too-too”, repeated... read more


Forests, woodland, road edges, citrus and banana plantations, pastures, cultivated areas and... read more

Food and feeding

Slugs, snails, insects and their larvae (including moths), earthworms, berries, frogs, tree-toads, small mice, fledgling birds and lizards... read more


Mainly May–Jul, second brood extending into Aug. Nest a coarse untidy cup of leaves, fibrous roots, twigs and interwoven bits of... read more


Sedentary; claimed that some move to lower elevations in non-breeding season, but this may be a... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA. Very common and widespread. Formerly, at least, was regarded as good eating, and frequently taken... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). White-chinned Thrush (Turdus aurantius). 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 26 January 2020).