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.
February 25, 2017 – Black-breasted Thrush (Turdus dissimilis)
These thrushes are found in parts of South and Southeast Asia. They eat insects, mollusks, and berries, foraging mostly on the ground and sometimes in trees. During the breeding season, which varies in different parts of their range, they build sturdy cup nests from green moss and fibers, usually in trees or shrubs, but sometimes on the ground. They were once grouped with the Grey-backed Thrush as a single species and the two may form a superspecies along with the Tickell’s Thrush.
August 25, 2016 – Chestnut Thrush or Grey-headed Thrush (Turdus rubrocanus)
These thrushes are found in extreme eastern Afghanistan, the northwestern Himalayas, and parts of India, China, Myanmar, and Thailand. They eat a variety of invertebrates, including insects, worms, millipedes, slugs, and snails, along with some berries. Their thin cup-shaped nests are constructed from twigs, grasses, roots, moss, and sometimes mud or hair.
May 13, 2016 – Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis)
These thrushes are found in the forests of Japan, China, North and South Korea, and parts of Southeast Asia and Russia. They feed on insects and fallen fruit, as well as some earthworms, gathered on the forest floor. Females build nests primarily in dead trees, constructing them from grass and dead plants packed together with mud. Males stay near the nesting sites. While not globally threatened, some local breeding populations are disappearing due to habitat loss and construction.