November 16, 2017 – Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops)

These thrushes are found only on several Japanese islands, including the Ryukyu and Izu Islands. Foraging alone or in small groups of up to three birds, they search for food on the ground or in the canopy. They eat fruit and seeds, switching to mostly invertebrates in the summer. Building their nests from grass, leaves, mud, and moss on low branches or the ground, they lay clutches of two to five eggs. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to nest predation by weasels, crows, and domestic cats, along with habitat loss and volcanic eruptions on Miyake-jima.


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