Tickell's thrush

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Tickell's thrush
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Domain: Eukaryota
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, Nepal and rarely to Bangladesh.


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


Males of the Tickell's thrush have uniform blue-grey upperparts, 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.


Tickell's thrush build nests from April to June, many materials are used in nest building but the primary component is dried grass. [3]

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

The Tickell's thrush is 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.

Populations move further south in India and Nepal in winter. [4]

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  1. BirdLife International (2019). "Turdus unicolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . 2019: e.T22708756A155630171. doi: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22708756A155630171.en . Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. Beolens, B.; Watkins, M. (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 338–339.
  3. https://envirsc.uok.edu.in/Files/ab1ac1f1-07e3-42a2-85bc-83717ef39155/Journal/31a6c90a-901a-4bdd-a5a2-6897ae18e76f.pdf
  4. "Tickell's Thrush". NATURE WEB. Retrieved 2021-12-03.