April 21, 2018 – White-collared Blackbird or White-collared Thrush (Turdus albocinctus)
These thrushes are found from northern India east to southern China. They eat invertebrates, including various insects and earthworms, along with fruits. Breeding from March to July, they build their cup-shaped nests from moss, grass, rootlets, and stems.
April 1, 2018 – Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola rufiventris)
These rock thrushes are found along the Himalayas into northern India, southeastern China, and parts of Southeast Asia. Their diet is mainly made up of invertebrates, including large insects like cicadas, which they knock against branches before eating. Breeding between March and May, they raise a single brood each year in a cup-shaped nest made from moss, leaves, grass, and other plant materials.
November 29, 2017 – Black Solitaire (Entomodestes coracinus)
These thrushes are found on the western slope of the Andes in Colombia and Ecuador. They eat fruits, especially berries, sometimes congregating at fruiting trees or joining foraging flocks of tanagers. Breeding in July, they build open cup nests from moss and rootlets. Though they are classified by the IUCN as a species of Least Concern, their population is thought to be declining because of habitat destruction and degradation.
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.
September 21, 2017 – Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)
These thrushes are found throughout much of western North America from parts of Alaska through Mexico. They eat insects and spiders during the breeding season and fruit, particularly juniper berries, during the winter. Often hunting their insect prey from a perch, they fly out to capture it in the air or drop onto it on the ground. Pairs search for suitable nest sites together, but females build the nests in small depressions on the ground. The nests are cup-shaped and constructed from pine needles, grasses, and bark. Males and females sing at all times of year, though females sing more softly than males.
July 27, 2017 – Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum)
These thrushes breed in southeastern Russia and northeastern China, migrating through North and South Korea and wintering in southeast China and northern Vietnam. They eat insects, snails, and fruit, foraging on the ground. Breeding from May to the middle of August, they build cup-shaped nests from grass, mud, and dry stems, low in the branches of trees.
March 10, 2017 – Green Cochoa (Cochoa viridis)
These thrushes are found in parts of the Himalayas, India, southern and eastern China, and northern Southeast Asia. Usually foraging in pairs or small groups, they eat berries, insects, and mollusks. They have been observed beating snails against rocks to break their shells. Their nests are shallow cups built in tree forks from twigs, roots, and moss.