Eastern slaty thrush

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Eastern slaty thrush
Eastern Slaty Thrush SOARA.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: T. subalaris
Binomial name
Turdus subalaris
(Seebohm, 1887)

Turdus nigriceps subalaris

The eastern slaty thrush (Turdus subalaris) is a passerine bird belonging to the genus Turdus in the thrush family, Turdidae. It is native to eastern South America. It is often considered to be a subspecies of the Andean slaty thrush (T. nigriceps).

It is 21 centimetres long. The male has dark greyish upperparts, a grey breast and white belly. The head is black apart from the throat which is white with dark streaks. The bill is mostly yellow. The female is mostly dull brown with few markings unlike the female of the Andean slaty thrush which has a browner version of the male's pattern. The song is high-pitched and has an unusual metallic, scraping quality.

It inhabits forest, woodland and parks. Its breeding range covers north-east Argentina, eastern Paraguay and southern Brazil. Some birds migrate north in winter as far as central Brazil.


  1. ^ BirdLife International. 2017. Turdus subalaris. (amended version published in 2016) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22708863A112411153. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22708863A112411153.en. Downloaded on 29 December 2017.
  • De la Peña, Martín & Rumboll, Maurice (1998) Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica, HarperCollins, London.
  • Souza, Deodato (2002) All the Birds of Brazil: An Identification Guide, Dall.

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