The Orange-headed Ground Thrush (Zoothera citrina) is a thrush that is common in well-wooded areas of India, China and southeast Asia. Most populations are resident. The species shows a preference for shady damp areas and can be quite secretive.They do not form flocks.
The race Zoothera citrina cyanotus is a resident in the hills of southern India and the Western Ghats. They have a white throat and two black stripes running below the eyes. This race is known locally as the White-throated Ground Thrush.
Males of this small thrush have uniform grey upperparts, and orange head and underparts. Females and young birds are duller, with brown upper parts.
Four youngsters Female which is a dull colour The male which is a darker colour
Diet / Feeding:
Orange-headed Thrushes are omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms and fruit.
Terry Gonsolvis (a breeder located in Bristol, UK) feeds mainly of earthworms when young are in the nest; and out of the breeding season the diet he provides consists of mealworms and minced morsels - which is a dog food with grated cheese.
Breeding / Nesting:
In their natural habitat, these ground thrushes nest in trees.
Terry Gonsolvis recommends: "One very important factor is to separate the breeding pair out of the breeding season otherwise the male could kill the female. The cock bird has a beautiful song and is a joy to watch.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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