Siberian Thrush

Scientific Name: Geokichla sibirica
Malay Name: Murai-Tanah Kelabu Tua
Chinese Name: 白眉地鸫

Found from Siberia, Northeast China to Japan, wintering to mainland Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: sibirica, davisoni

Local Subspeciessibirica

Size: 21.5-23.5 cm

Identification: Male has overall dark slaty plumage, broad white supercilium and white vent dark-scaled undertail-coverts. Female has mainly plain brown upperparts, prominent buffy-whitish supercilium (curved round behind ear-coverts), buffy-whitish underparts with brown scales/molting on breast and flanks. First-winter male shows mixed character of male and female.

Similar looking speciesEyebrowed Thrush

Habitat: Forest and suitable wooded area.

Behaviour/Ecology: Very shy. Feed mainly on small, soft, fleshy berries but also take insects.

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bidadari, Kent Ridge, Jurong Lake Garden, Tuas South and Sentosa.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page (BirdLife: Zoothera sibirica)
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2