Tickell's thrush

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Tickell's thrush
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
T. unicolor
Binomial name
Turdus unicolor
Tickell, 1833

Tickell's thrush (Turdus unicolor) is a passerine bird in the thrush family Turdidae. It is common in open forest in the Himalayas, and migrates seasonally into peninsular India and rarely in Bangladesh.


The name commemorates the British ornithologist Samuel Tickell who collected in India and Burma. [2]


Males of this small thrush have uniform blue-grey upperparts, and a whitish belly and vent. Adults have yellow beak and legs while it may be darker in juveniles. There is a yellow eye-ring which is thinner and fainter than the Indian black bird which is usually bigger in size. Females and young birds have browner upperparts.

Distribution and habitat

A Tickell's thrush male at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary Tickell's Thrush male.jpg
A Tickell's thrush male at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary
A female Tickell's thrush at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary Tickell's thrush female.jpg
A female Tickell's thrush at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

Populations move further south in India in winter. Tickell's thrush is are omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms and berries. It nests in bushes. It does not form flocks, but loose groups of two to five spread across tens of meters were spotted in Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Unnao and SGPGIMS Campus, Lucknow Uttar Pradesh, India.

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  1. BirdLife International (2019). "Turdus unicolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . 2019: e.T22708756A155630171. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  2. Beolens, B.; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 338–339.