• Chinmayi Ramasubramanian

#Birdword Orange Headed Thrush

Updated: Jan 23

Some birds are named based on the colour of the head. The Orange headed Thrush is one such bird that we saw in Thattekad, Kerala.


We saw it drinking water from a natural bird bath on a rock. As the name says, it belongs to the Thrush family and found mostly on forest floors.


Identification - Brightly-colored ground-dwelling thrush. Bright orange head, breast, and belly are unmistakable. Some subspecies have two broad black crescents on the sides of the face. Hops about foraging in the leaf litter in forested areas, often in wet gullies and ravines. Beautiful song is composed of well-spaced strophes of warbling and buzzy notes.




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