Siberian Thrush

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Scientific Name: Geokichla sibirica

Malay Name: Murai-Tanah Kelabu Tua

Chinese Name: 白眉地鸫

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

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: sibirica, davisoni.

Local Subspecies: sibirica

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 species: Eyebrowed 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 (BirdLife International 2016)

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

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Siberian Thrush Geokichla sibirica
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak weeks Nov 12-Nov 18, Nov 19-Nov 25
Early date 15 Oct 2022
Late date 28 Apr 2017
A scarce, generally unobtrusive thrush which prefers the high canopy in fruiting trees. Like other thrushes, sometimes comes to the ground to feed.


BirdLife International. (2016). Geokichla sibirica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. 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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