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Chestnut-backed thrush

Zoothera dohertyi

Chestnut-backed thrush

The chestnut-backed thrush is native to Lombok, Timor and Lesser Sunda islands, in Indonesia. The numbers of thrushes are rapidly decreasing in the wild and they are already extinct in Lombok.

The chestnut-backed thrush is appropriately named due to the chestnut colour on its back. They are very shy and private and prefer the dense undergrowth of the forest. This thrush is a beautiful singer and is highly sought after for the pet trade.


Diet - Omnivore
They eat a variety of spiders, worms and insects. Sometimes they will eat berries or fruit as well.

The average chestnut-backed thrush can be up to 25 centimetres (cm) long with a 20cm wingspan. It can weigh up to 53 grams.

Chestnut-backed thrushes prefer forest areas in Lombok, Timor and Lesser Sunda islands in Indonesia.

Conservation status
The IUCN believes that the chestnut backed thrush is likely to be extinct in the future.

The main threat to the chestnut-backed thrush is the loss of habitat through destruction. They are also trapped for the live pet trade as they have beautiful voices.

Current population
It is estimated that there are 30,000 chestnut-backed thrushes in the wild.

Zoo population
There are fewer than 110 chestnut-backed thrushes living in zoos around the world.