|Bassian thrush at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, Australia|
The Bassian thrush (Zoothera lunulata), also known as the olive-tailed thrush, is a medium-sized mostly insectivorous thrush found predominantly in southeastern Australia and Tasmania. The thrushes range from 27 to 29 cm (10.5 to 11.5 in) in length and average 100 g (3.5 oz).
It is estimated that the rangewide population is large, though no official count has ever been established.
The Bassian thrush lives in shrubland, forests, and rainforests. It is non-migratory. Though affected by human destruction of its natural habitats, its range is so large that the impact is negligible.
The thrush ranges in color from brown to an olive color, with a white ring around its eyes and black bars on its back, rear, and head. Its underbody is paler, with dark scalloping, and its wings have a dark bar running the length of the underside.
Bassian thrush are known to dislodge their prey out of pile of leaves by disturbing the leaf litter.
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