Red-throated thrush

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Red-throated thrush
Red-throated thrush in Nepal (1) (cropped).jpg
Red-throated thrush, Nepal
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
T. ruficollis
Binomial name
Turdus ruficollis
Pallas, 1776

The red-throated thrush (Turdus ruficollis) is a passerine bird in the thrush family. It is sometimes regarded as one subspecies of a polytypic species, "dark-throated thrush", black-throated thrush then being the other subspecies.[2] More recent treatments regard the two as separate species.[3] The scientific name comes from Latin. Turdus is "thrush" and the specific ruficollis is derived from rufus', "red", and collum, "neck".[4]

The red-throated thrush is a migratory Asian species. Its range overlaps with the more westerly-breeding black-throated thrush. It is a large thrush with a plain grey back and reddish underwings. The adult male has a red throat. Females and young birds lack the bib, but have black-streaked underparts. This bird species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Turdus ruficollis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Clement, Peter; Hathway, Ren; Wilczur, Jan (2000). Thrushes (Helm Identification Guides). Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd. pp. 377–381. ISBN 0-7136-3940-7.
  3. ^ British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (2009). "British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee: 37th Report (October 2008)" (PDF). Ibis. 151: 224–230. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919x.2008.00901.x. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-17.
  4. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 60, 393. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.

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