White's thrush

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White's thrush
Zoothera dauma - Ang Khang.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Zoothera
Z. aurea
Binomial name
Zoothera aurea
(Holandre, 1825)

Zoothera dauma aurea

White's thrush (Zoothera aurea) is a member of the thrush family, Turdidae. It was named after the English naturalist Gilbert White. The genus name Zoothera comes from the Ancient Greek zoon, "animal" and theras, "hunter". The specific aurea is from Latin aureus, "golden".[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It breeds in wet coniferous taiga, mainly in the eastern Palearctic in Siberia to Manchuria, Korea and Japan. Northern races are strongly migratory, with most birds moving to southeastern Asia during the winter. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.


The sexes are similar, 27–31 cm long, 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 loud, far-carrying mechanical whistle, with 5–10 second pauses between each one second long phrase twee...tuuu....tuuu....tuuu.

It was previously considered a subspecies of the scaly thrush.


  1. ^ BirdLife International. 2019. Zoothera aurea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T155646620A154736759. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T155646620A154736759.en. Downloaded on 04 September 2020.
  2. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 61, 414. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.