Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

White-eyed Thrush (Turdus jamaicensis)


French: Merle aux yeux blancs German: Weißaugendrossel Spanish: Zorzal jamaicano

Turdus jamaicensis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,






Descriptive notes

23–24 cm; 59 g. Plumage is slate-grey from mantle to tail, pale grey-brown below; dark chestnut-brown head, white eye; white chin and throat streaked chestnut-brown,... read more


Song a series of repeated, musical phrases, including whistled “hee-haw”, resembling... read more


Wet forests and gulleys, also shade coffee plantations and other wooded areas; from 100 m to peaks.

Food and feeding

Fruits and invertebrates, latter including earthworms and insects. Fruits include Trophis racemosa (Moraceae), Nectandra... read more


Apr–Jun. Nest a bulky cup of plant material, placed in tree. Eggs 2–3, pale bluish-green with heavy speckling. No other... read more


Resident; part of higher-breeding population ranges into lowland valleys when not breeding.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA. Fairly common in mountains. Present in Blue Mountain and John Crow National Park.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). White-eyed Thrush (Turdus jamaicensis). 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 23 January 2020).