Animals & Attractions

We currently have two chestnut-backed thrush in our collection.

Location in the zoo

These birds can be found in our Brilliant Birds enclosure.

Breeding Programme Category

They are part of the European Stud Book Programme.

There are currently 10 European zoos which hold this species as part of the breeding programme.


In the wild

The chestnut-backed thrush is a ground thrush native to Lombok, Timor and the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. This species is rapidly declining and is already extinct on Lombok.

They have a varied diet made up of insects, spiders and worms, and will sometimes eat berries and fruit. They spend their time foraging in the forest undergrowth for food.

These thrushes are very secretive birds, preferring the dense undergrowth. However when the males sing they will choose a high perch in a tree to perform their flute-like song.

As a result of this they are often are captured for the pet trade because of their beautiful singing voice. Loss of habitat is another serious problem for them, and their numbers will continue to decline if this is not controlled.

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