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SPECIES INFO

The Chestnut-capped Thrush (Zoothera interpres) lives in forests and woodlands of Southeast Asia. It is a songbird species in the family Turdidae. Traditionally, it has included the Enggano Thrush as a subspecies, but a recent review recommended treating them as separate. Consequently, the Chestnut-capped Thrush is monotypic.

The Chestnut-capped Thrush has a black back and a white belly with black spots. As its common name suggests, it has a chestnut cap. Its face is black with a white mark on the cheeks and another on the lores. The superficially similar Chestnut-backed Thrush has a black crown and rufous back, whereas the Enggano Thrush has an olive-ochre back and little or no white on the lores and auriculars.

The Chestnut-capped Thrush is very rare in zoos. According to ISIS, Chester Zoo had the only female outside of Asia, until she died in 2007. Now there are only around 25 birds kept in Hong Kong.

It was formerly classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN. New research has shown it to be rarer than previously believed. Consequently, it is uplisted to Near Threatened status in 2008.





                                     



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