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Photo by john_wright
Mount Unzen, Nagasaki, Japan, September 2010
Geokichla sibirica

Zoothera sibirica


20·5–23 cm (8-9 in)
Male: Slaty black plumage with white supercilium, centre of belly whitish, undertail coverts white with black bars.
Female: Long buff supercilium curving around behind ear coverts. Shows black eyeline which contrasts with streaked ear coverts. Upper rufous brown, underparts buff with dark brown scales on breast and upper flanks. Tips of outer tail feathers whitish.

Photo © by the late Dr Manjeet Singh
Genting Highlands (pump house area), Pahang, Malaysia, January 2007


Breeding in eastern Russia, Mongolia, northern China and Japan; wintering in south to eastern India, Myanmar, Southeast Asia to the Greater Sundas.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • G. s. sibirica:
  • G. s. davisoni:

Formerly placed in genus Zoothera.


Forest, forest edge and wooded areas. montane area to low hills (800 to 1000feet)

1st Summer Male
Photo by rockfowl
Happy Island, China, May 2007


Usually solitary or in pairs, frequenting the ground storey where it usually skulks in the undergrowth.


Sometimes feeds in the open. Often feeds in fruiting trees with other migrant thrushes.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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