Long-billed Thrush

There are records of Long-billed Thrush Zoothera monticola from Tibet, mainly near border with Nepal (Nyalam County, Shigatse Prefecture); one record also from near Ruili, Yunnan. Similar to Dark-sided Thrush Z. marginata, but with an even more oversized bill and larger size; darker also than Dark-sided and spotted not scaled below. Like Dark-sided, also found in thick, moist forest, but less tied to streams. Song two or three notes followed by long pause. — Craig Brelsford


shanghaibirding.com has research on all 10 species in the genera Geokichla and Zoothera in China. Click any link below:

Orange-headed Thrush Geokichla citrina
Siberian Thrush G. sibirica
Alpine Thrush Zoothera mollissima
Sichuan Thrush Z. griseiceps
Himalayan Thrush Z. salimalii
Long-tailed Thrush Z. dixoni
White’s Thrush Z. aurea
Scaly Thrush Z. dauma
Long-billed Thrush Z. monticola
Dark-sided Thrush Z. marginata


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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