Eyebrowed Thrush

Scientific Name: Turdus obscurus

Malay Name: Murai-Belanda Bercelak Biasa

Chinese Name: 白眉鸫

Range: Found from Siberia, Mongolia to Japan, wintering to Northeast India, Southern China, mainland Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 22.5-24.5 cm

Identification: Male displays greyish head, olive-brown mantle, white supercilium, check-bar and chin, orange upperbreast and flanks and white belly. Female looked similar but head and mantle brownish.

Similar looking species: Siberian Thrush

Habitat: Forest, secondary growth, mangroves and gardens on migration.

Behaviour/Ecology: Fond of fruiting trees but may also forage on the ground.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bidadari, Pulau Ubin, Tuas South and Telok Blangah.

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Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Nov 26-Dec 02
Early date 01 Nov 2005
Late date 21 May 2023
The last week of Nov is the best time to see this species by a long stretch. Sometimes seen flying over during migration, and often congregates in small numbers at fruiting trees.


BirdLife International. (2016). Turdus obscurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22708793A94177211.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.

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