Thrushes of Vietnam – Turdidae

With 23 species Thrushes of Vietnam, occurring over the country. They are permanently resident in warm climates, while others migrate to higher latitudes during summer, often over considerable distances. Orange-headed Thrush is outstanding with this characteristic.

You may know: Thrush does not have an impressive size but their voice is one of the loudest sounds in the birds family

The overview of Thrushes families

The Thrushes are a passerine bird family, Turdidae, with a worldwide distribution. The family was once much larger before biologists reclassified the former subfamily Saxicolinae, which includes the chats and European robins, as Old World flycatchers. Thrushes are small to medium-sized ground-living birds that feed on insects, other invertebrates, and fruit. Some unrelated species around the world have been named after thrushes due to their similarity to birds in this family

Turdidae species spread the seeds of plants, contributing to the dispersal of many species and the recovery of ecosystems.

Plants have limited seed dispersal mobility away from the parent plant and consequently rely upon a variety of dispersal vectors to transport their propagules, including both abiotic and biotic vectors. Seeds can be dispersed away from the parent plant individually or collectively, as well as dispersed in both space and time.

Many bats and birds rely heavily on fruits for their diet, including birds in the families Cotingidae, Columbidae, Trogonidae, Turdidae, and Ramphastidae. While eating fruit, these animals swallow seeds and then later regurgitate them or pass them in their feces. Such ornithochory has been a major mechanism of seed dispersal across ocean barriers.

Other seeds may stick to the feet or feathers of birds, and in this way may travel long distances. Seeds of grasses, spores of algae, and the eggs of mollusks and other invertebrates commonly establish in remote areas after long journeys of this sort. The Turdidae have great ecological importance because some populations migrate long distances and disperse the seeds of endangered plant species at new sites, helping to eliminate inbreeding and increasing the genetic diversity of local flora

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Thrushes of Vietnam species note

Thrushes Of Vietnam

Orange-headed Thrush Geokichla citrina

Status: Common resident & migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour cover: Central Highland

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Tan Phu, Dalat

112 WANEE asia

Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus

Status: Fairly Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Southern

Hotspot: Dalat plateau, Bach Ma, Sa Pa

113 WANEE asia

Grey-backed Thrush Turdus hortulorum

Status: Uncommon Migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Northern Highland

Hotspot: Cuc Phuong

114 WANEE asia

Japanese Thrush Turdus cardis

Status: Common Migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Southern & Central Highland

Hotspot: Bach Ma, Cuc Phuong, Ba Vi

115 WANEE asia

Scaly Thrush Zoothera dauma

Status: Uncommon Migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Southern

Hotspot: Dalat, Xuan Thuy, SaPa

116 WANEE asia

Dark-sided Thrush Zoothera marginata

Status: Local common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Southern

Hotspot: Dalat, Xuan Thuy, SaPa

117 WANEE asia

Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul

Status: Uncommon Resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Northern Highland

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Moutain

118 WANEE asia

Green Cochoa Cochoa viridis

Status: Common Resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Jun-Aug

Tours: Central Highland

Hotspot: Dalat, Kon Tum

119 WANEE asia

Siberian Thrush Geokichla sibirica

Status: Rare Pass Migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour: Highland

Hotspot: Dalat, Phong Nha, Sa Pa

List of all Thrush in Vietnam

NameLevel
1Long-tailed ThrushEasy
2Alpine ThrushEasy
3Himalayan ThrushHigh
4Sichuan ThrushEasy
5Dark-sided ThrushEasy
6Long-billed ThrushEasy
7White’s ThrushEasy
8Scaly ThrushHigh
9Purple CochoaEasy
10Siberian ThrushHigh
11Orange-headed ThrushEasy
12Chinese ThrushEasy
13Chinese BlackbirdEasy
14Gray-winged BlackbirdHigh
15Japanese ThrushEasy
16Gray-backed ThrushHigh
17Black-breasted ThrushEasy
18Eyebrowed ThrushEasy
19Pale ThrushEasy
20Chestnut ThrushEasy
21Red-throated ThrushEasy
22Dusky ThrushEasy
23Green CochoaEasy

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