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Birds of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Chinese blackbird

Binomial name: Turdus mandarinus, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, 1850

The Chinese blackbird (Turdus mandarinus) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the common blackbird.


  • T. m. mandarinus breeds throughout much of south, central and east China. It is a partial migrant to Hong Kong and south to Laos and Vietnam. The male is sooty black, and the female is similar but browner, and paler on the underparts. It is a large subspecies.
  • T. m. sowerbyi, named for James Sowerby, British naturalist and illustrator, breeds from eastern Sichuan to Guizhou. It is partially migratory, with some individuals spending the winter in south China and north Indochina. It resembles mandarinus, but is smaller and darker below.

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Scientific classification

Turdus mandarinus


  • Turdus maximus mandarinus

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Chinese blackbird, Turdus mandarinus in Thailand
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai
  • Nong Bong Khai Non-hunting Area
  • Taphan Hin District, Phichit

Range map of Turdus mandarinus in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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