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White's Thrush

White's Thrush
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Zoothera dauma

White’s Thrush (Zoothera dauma) is a member of the Thrush family Turdidae.

It breeds in wet coniferous taiga, mainly in eastern Asia and Siberia. It is strongly migratory, with most birds moving to southeastern Asia during the winter. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe. It is very secretive, preferring dense cover.

White’s Thrushes nest in trees, laying several eggs in a neat nest. They are one of the largest thrushes and omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, worms and berries.

The sexes are similar, with black scaling on a paler white or yellowish background. The most striking identification feature in flight is the black band on the white underwings, a feature shared with Siberian Thrush.

The male has a song which is a mechanical whistle.

This bird was named by John Latham after the English naturalist Gilbert White.