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Species of Thailand

Chestnut-capped thrush

Geokichla interpres, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1826

(In Thai: นกเดินดงหัวน้ำตาลแดง)

The chestnut-capped thrush (Geokichla interpres) lives in forests and woodlands of Southeast Asia. It is a songbird species in the family Turdidae. Traditionally, it has included the Enggano thrush as a subspecies, but a recent review recommended treating them as separate. Consequently, the chestnut-capped thrush is monotypic.

The chestnut-capped thrush has a black back and a white belly with black spots. As its common name suggests, it has a chestnut cap. Its face is black with a white mark on the cheeks and another on the lores. The superficially similar chestnut-backed thrush is substantially larger when seen alongside one another, and has a black crown and rufous back, whereas the Enggano thrush has an olive-ochre back and little or no white on the lores and auriculars.

The chestnut-capped thrush is very rare in zoos. According to ISIS, Chester Zoo had the only female outside of Asia, until she died in 2007. However, small numbers have been held in private European aviaries since the mid-1990s and very small numbers remain as of late 2009.

It was formerly classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN. New research has shown it to be rarer than previously believed. Consequently, it was uplisted to Near Threatened status in 2008.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Rare

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Geokichla interpres

Common names

  • Thai: นกเดินดงหัวน้ำตาลแดง


  • Zoothera interpres

Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (BirdLife)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (ONEP)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (BCST)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Chestnut-capped thrush, Geokichla interpres in Thailand
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
Range map of Geokichla interpres in Thailand