T. p. niveiceps
|Turdus poliocephalus niveiceps|
The Taiwan thrush (Turdus poliocephalus niveiceps) is a bird in the thrush family. It is the most northerly subspecies of the island thrush (Turdus poliocephalus) and is endemic to the island of Taiwan.
The male Taiwan thrush has black upperparts except for a white head and throat. The underparts are mainly dark orange with a blackish upper breast. The female has similar patterning but is duller, with a brown back, grayish brown head with a white streak behind the eye, buff throat and upper breast streaked brown, and with duller orange underparts. Its bill, legs and feet are yellow. Males and females are similar in size, about 22 cm in length.
Distribution and habitat
- Birding in Taiwan: Island Thrush
- Collar, N.J. (December 2004). Endemic Subspecies of Taiwan birds — first impressions. BirdingASIA 2.
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