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Species of Thailand

White's thrush

Zoothera aurea, Holandre, 1825

(In Thai: นกเดินดงลายเสือใหญ่)

White's thrush (Zoothera aurea) is a member of the thrush family, Turdidae. It was named after the English naturalist Gilbert White. The genus name Zoothera comes from the Ancient Greek zoon, "animal" and theras, "hunter". The specific aurea is from Latin aureus, "golden".

Distribution and habitat

It breeds in wet coniferous taiga, mainly in the eastern Palearctic in Siberia to Manchuria, Korea and Japan. Northern races are strongly migratory, with most birds moving to southeastern Asia during the winter. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.


The sexes are similar, 27–31 cm long, with black scaling on a paler white or yellowish background. The most striking identification feature in flight is the black band on the white underwings, a feature shared with Siberian thrush. The male has a song which is a loud, far-carrying mechanical whistle, with 5–10 second pauses between each one second long phrase twee...tuuu....tuuu....tuuu.

It was previously considered a subspecies of the scaly thrush.

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Category / Seasonal Status

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

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Zoothera aurea

Common names

  • Thai: นกเดินดงลายเสือใหญ่


  • Zoothera dauma aurea


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White's thrush

Range Map

Distribution map of White's thrush, Zoothera aurea in Thailand
  • Bangkok Province
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Taksin Maharat National Park
Range map of Zoothera aurea in Thailand