Bassian thrush

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Bassian thrush
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Bassian thrush at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, Australia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Zoothera
Z. lunulata
Binomial name
Zoothera lunulata
(Latham, 1801)
  • Z. l. cuneata
  • Z. l. halmaturina
  • Z. l. lunulata
  • Z. l. macrorhyncha
  • Z. l. macrorhyncha
  • Z. l. papuensis

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).[2]

It is estimated that the rangewide population is large, though no official count has ever been established.[3]

The Bassian thrush lives in shrubland, forests, and rainforests.[4] It is non-migratory. Though affected by human destruction of its natural habitats, its range is so large that the impact is negligible.[3]

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.[2]

Bassian thrush are known to dislodge their prey out of pile of leaves by disturbing the leaf litter.[5]



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Zoothera lunulata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Birds in Backyards: Bassian Thrush". Birdlife Australia. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Species factsheet: Bassian Thrush Zoothera lunulata". BirdLife International. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Species Zoothera lunulata (Latham 1801): Bassian Thrush". Australian Government: Department of the Environment. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Mornington Peninsula Birdlife" (PDF). BirdLife Australia. 6 (1). March 2017. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)