Redwing Turdus iliacus is occasional winter visitor to Altai Mountains, Xinjiang. In winter often seen with other thrushes around trees and shrubs with berries. Redwing gets English name from reddish underwing and flanks. Brown above. Also has long, deep, creamy-white supercilium. Most similar to more contrastingly plumaged Dusky Thrush T. eunomus. Distinguished by streaked underparts and reddish flanks. Distinguished from female Grey-backed Thrush T. hortulorum by streaked, not spotted, underparts and distinct supercilium. Song squeaky, twittering, but different dialects include fluty down-slurred strophe of three to four notes. High-pitched tseep in flight. Hard chuck alarm call, similar to other thrushes. — Craig Brelsford

THE TRUE THRUSHES OF CHINA has research on all 24 species in the genus Turdus in China. Click any link:

Grey-backed Thrush Turdus hortulorum
Tickell’s Thrush T. unicolor
Black-breasted Thrush T. dissimilis
Japanese Thrush T. cardis
White-collared Blackbird T. albocinctus
Grey-winged Blackbird T. boulboul
Common Blackbird T. merula
Chinese Blackbird T. mandarinus
Tibetan Blackbird T. maximus
Chestnut Thrush T. rubrocanus
White-backed Thrush T. kessleri
Grey-sided Thrush T. feae
Eyebrowed Thrush T. obscurus
Pale Thrush T. pallidus
Brown-headed Thrush T. chrysolaus
Black-throated Thrush T. atrogularis
Red-throated Thrush T. ruficollis
Naumann’s Thrush T. naumanni
Dusky Thrush T. eunomus
Fieldfare T. pilaris
Redwing T. iliacus
Song Thrush T. philomelos
Chinese Thrush T. mupinensis
Mistle Thrush T. viscivorus

See also:

Taiwan Thrush Turdus niveiceps


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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