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Orange-headed ground thrush

Zoothera citrina melli

Orange-headed ground thrush

The orange-headed ground thrush is a shy, secretive bird and is found either alone or in pairs. They are quiet birds but, on occasion, calls can be heard in the early morning and late evening.

The male orange-headed ground thrush has grey upper parts, while the female and young have brown upper parts with an orange head.


Diet - Herbivore/Insectivore
The orange-headed ground thrush likes to eat insects, spiders, berries and fruit.

The average orange-headed ground thrush can be up to 23 centimetres long. It can weigh up to 60 grams.

The orange-headed ground thrush is found in wooded areas in China, India and South East Asia.

Conservation status
The IUCN does consider the orange headed ground thrush to be in danger of extinction.

The main threat to this species of bird is loss of habitat due to the increase of agriculture.

Current population
It is not known how many orange-headed ground thrushes there are in the wild.

Zoo population
There are less than 14 orange-headed ground thrushes in zoos around the world.