Bare-eyed Thrush (Turdus nudigenis)

Bare-eyed Thrush

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Turdidae | [latin] Turdus nudigenis | [UK] Bare-eyed Thrush | [FR] Grive brun | [DE] Nacktaugen-Drossel | [ES] Tordo Ojos de Candil | [NL] Naaktooglijster


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

The Bare-eyed Thrush is 23-24 cm long and weighs 60g. It is plain olive-brown above and paler brown below. The throat is brown-streaked off-white, and the lower belly is whitish. It has a prominent yellow eye ring which gives rise to its English and scientific names.

Listen to the sound of Bare-eyed Thrush

[audio: Thrush.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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North America, South America : Lesser Antilles, North Amazonia


It inhabits secondary forest, semi-open and dry scrubby areas, shade coffee and citrus plantations, forest edge, parks, gardens, and urban areas with tree, mainly from sea level to 1000 m but locally to 1800 m in Venezuela.


The nest is a lined bulky cup of twigs low in a tree. The two to three reddish-blotched deep-blue eggs are incubated by the female alone.

Feeding habits

The Bare-eyed Thrush mainly feeds on or near the ground on fruit, berries and some insects and earthworms. It is a shy species, but on Trinidad and Tobago it is much tamer, and will come to feeders and take food from tables.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Bare-eyed Thrush status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Bare-eyed Thrush distribution range map

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