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Please note that this image is a Pale-breasted Thrush not a Blacksmith Thrush
Photo © by Lcverissimo
Londrina, Paraná State, Brazil, October 2014

Alternative name: Eastern Slaty Thrush

Turdus subalaris


  • Slate-grey upperparts including head
  • Breast slightly lighter, rest of underpart whitish
  • White throat with a few dark streaks and bordered below by white crescent
  • Bill and especially legs are yellow with a lot of brownish tint

Female is a slightly paler and browner version of male.

Similar species

Creamy-bellied Thrush is similar to female but is larger, has a blacker lore area and is at least sometimes more uniform pale on underside.


Southern Brazil (Goiás, Mato Grosso, Paraná with migration to more northerly areas such as São Paulo, central Mato Grosso, Distrito Federal, Goiás and western Minas Gerais) to Paraguay, and north-eastern Argentina


Genetic research determined that this species and Andean Slaty Thrush are not closely related even though they formerly were lumped together under the name of Slaty Thrush.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Woodlands to park-like areas in lowlands to 1600 m asl.


At least a partial austral migrant, only occurring in northern half of Brazilian range in non-breeding season.


The song of this species is described as a short series of high pitched notes with an oddly squeaky, bell-like quality, with the squeaky bell-like quality giving rise to its name in English and in Brazilian Portuguese.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. SACC proposal to split Blacksmith Thrush from Andean Slaty Thrush
  3. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, and G. M. Kirwan (2021). Blacksmith Thrush (Turdus subalaris), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.slathr3.01.1

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