the family of Turdidae
Whistling Thrush are mid-sized insectivorous and
omnivorous jungle birds. The bird is brightly colored in
dark blue for male and the female more brownish. Then
the patch on their head and shoulder could be reflected
as blue. The Whistling Thrushes can be consistently
divided into 2 types, the much larger Blue Whistling Thrush
available in many countries. The bird loves rocky surfaces on
river banks, found either in lowland or sub-montane climate.
They would wander in the open looking for food and food is
made up of worms, small frog, fishes, crabs, lizard and
Another type, there is a variety of sub-species endemic Whistling Thrushes are
confined to their individual lands and Islands. These Whistling
Thrushes having another set of habits confine themselves on hilly slopes in deep
gully, then descend onto the small streams for food.
This species has stronger hooked beak specializing in
snails which they would pick up and breaks them on
rocks. The bird most active in dawn and dusk, would even
come out the open when the place is deserted.
bird's call is an unique whistle tone, varying from one
close to that made by humans to one sharp shrill similar
to that made by the Pygmy Wren.
|Sunda Whistling Thrush
|Malayan Whistling Thrush
|Blue Whistling Thrush
Under the family
of Turdinae, there are the Rock thrushes, Whistling
Thrushes and Common Thrushes. Within the Asian region
there should be 10 Whistling thrushes and in Malaysia we
could see 3 of them.