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Alternative names: Celebes Mountain Thrush; Celebes Ground-thrush, Heinrich's Whistling-thrush

Photo by martinuk
Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2009
Zoothera heinrichi


28 - 30cm. A distinctive species with a long, graduated tail and short rounded wings.

  • Dark brown to slate-grey above
  • Rusty-tinged wingpanel
  • Paler brown face with vague small streaks
  • Vague dark grey malar
  • Reddish-brown underparts
  • Heavy blackish bill
  • Brownish-grey legs

Sexes similar


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. A scarce, but locally fairly common restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
The subspecies matinangensis is no longer accepted by any world list. Formerly placed in its own genus Geomalia.


Primary montane evergreen forest. Prefers areas with dense undergrowth. Occurs at 1700 - 3500m.


Feeds on large insects, beetle larvae and small snails.
Forage on the ground, moving and hopping through undergrowth.
No information about breeding.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase
  4. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726
  5. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of this species

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