Friday, 12 December 2014

Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus)

Female Brown-headed Thrush (subspecies T. c. oriiat Kamakura, Japan - November 2014

Local Name (Japan): Aka-hara (アカハラ) - "Red-belly".
Featured Subspecies: Turdus chrysolaus orii
OTHER NAMES: Red-bellied Thrush, Brown Thrush, Rufous-Breasted Thrush
Weight: 60-70g
Length: 23cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Out of all the species I have put on this site, this species seems to have least information available on my normal sources.  I picked this bird out late in my trip to Kamakura feeding high in the trees with a flock of smaller birds such as Japanese Tit and Japanese White-eye.  It breeds in the Russian Far East and Northern Japan and travels South in Winter.  It seems to fill much the same ecological niche as the thrushes in the UK - feeding on berries and invertebrates.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Subspecies: T. c. orii, T. c. chrysolaus

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Breeding species in Northern Japan, Fairly Winter Migrant to the South
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Single individual seen in mixed flock at Kamakura 

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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