Dark-throated Thrushes (Turdus ruficollis)

Dark-throated Thrushes (Turdus ruficollis)

Black-throated Thrush

The Dark-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis) is a migratory Asian taiga bird. It is a rare vagrant to western Europe.


Turdus ruficollis ruficollis, the Red-throated Thrush - Breeds further east than the below - but range overlaps.

ID: Adult male has a red throat.

Turdus ruficollis atrogularis, the Black-throated Thrush - sometimes considered a separate species.

ID: Adult male has a black throat.


This large thrush has a plain grey back and reddish underwings.

Females and young birds lack the bib, but have an black-streaked plumage below.

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