Asian Thrushes
Z. dauma
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Superfamily: Muscicapoidea
Clade: Dipper clade
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Zoothera
Vigors, 1832

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The Asian thrushes are medium-sized mostly insectivorous or omnivorous birds in the genus Zoothera of the thrush family Turdidae.

Two New World species traditionally regarded as Zoothera; (Varied Thrush and Aztec Thrush) actually belong elsewhere in the thrush family. A group containing Siberian Thrush and the African species is not closely related to the other Zoothera and no doubt will be generically reassigned at some point.[1]


Based on Alström et al. (2016), the Plain-backed Thrush, Zoothera mollissima, has been split into:

There is possibly a fourth species, "Yunnan Thrush", but more work is needed.

Species in taxonomic order

Traditional Zoothera species belonging elsewhere in family

Many of these species are known as African ground thrushes.

  • Varied Thrush, Ixoreus naevius - related to other new world genera.


  1. ^ Jønsson, K.A., and J. Fjeldsa. 2006. A phylogenetic supertree of oscine passerine birds (Aves:Passeri). Zoologica Scripta 35: 149-186.

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