White-necked Thrush (Turdus albicollis)

White-necked Thrush

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Turdidae | [latin] Turdus albicollis | [UK] White-necked Thrush | [FR] Grive a col blanc | [DE] Trauerdrossel | [ES] Tordo de Collar Blanco | [NL] Witneklijster


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Turdus albicollis SA Colombia to e Brazil and n Argentina
Turdus albicollis albicollis
Turdus albicollis contemptus
Turdus albicollis crotopezus
Turdus albicollis paraguayensis
Turdus albicollis phaeopygoides
Turdus albicollis phaeopygus
Turdus albicollis spodiolaemus

Physical charateristics

It is brown above with greyish underparts and a white throat with dark streaks and a white crescent on the breast. The bill is dark and it has a thin orange-yellow eye-ring. Sexes are similar, but young birds are duller, flecked with orange above and spotted with dark brown below. There are seven races, differing mainly in the details of the plumage.

Listen to the sound of White-necked Thrush

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 22 cm size max.: 23 cm
incubation min.: 12 days incubation max.: 13 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 13 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


South America : Colombia to East Brazil and North Argentina


It is found in the undergrowth and near the ground in humid forest and seems to be quite a shy bird.


The nest is a lined cup of twigs low in a tree or bush. Two to three reddish-blotched green-blue eggs are laid and incubated by the female alone for 12-13 days.

Feeding habits

The White-necked Thrush mainly feeds on or near the ground on invertebrates, and will follow army ant swarms. It also takes some fruit and berries. `


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.

The White-necked Thrush is distributed from Mexico through Colombia and northern South America with a disjunct population in eastern and southern Brazil and adjoining areas of Paraguay and Argentina.

White-necked Thrush status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

White-necked Thrush distribution range map

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