Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Yemen Thrush (Turdus menachensis)


French: Merle du Yémen German: Jemendrossel Spanish: Zorzal yemení

Turdus menachensis


, 1913,

Menacha, Yemen




SW Saudi Arabia (S of 21° N) and W Yemen.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 72–79 g. Male is plain olive-brown above, paler and greyer below, with narrow dark brown streaks in regular lines radiating across buff-grey chin and throat onto... read more


Song, mainly at dawn, a musical series of high, fluty warbles, harder metallic sounds and high thin... read more


Dense cover of indigenous trees and shrubs (mainly acacia and juniper, also olive and wild rose),... read more

Food and feeding

Terrestrial invertebrates, including snails taken under acacia scrub, and fruits such as Rosa, Juniperus, Olea... read more


Mar–Aug. Nest a firm cup made of dry grass, small twigs, moss and thin bark strips, with mud interior lined with fine grass and... read more


Generally sedentary; N populations may undertake short-distance altitudinal or latitudinal... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-west Arabian Mountains EBA. Population judged in 2010 at some 10,000... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Yemen Thrush (Turdus menachensis). 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 25 February 2020).