General Description

A medium-sized bird with grey brown or copper brown body. The Bassian Thrush has a white ring around the eye and black bars on the back. Feathers of breast, throat and flanks are edged in black scallops. Dark brown eye. Female slightly smaller than the male. Pale wing bars in flight. Body 29 cm.


Non migratory bird. Nest consists of an untidy cup of shredded bark, rootlets and grass usually placed in the vertical fork of a trees and decorated with moss and lichens. Lays 2-3 eggs. Mostly silent, but does occasionally utter a 'seep' for contact. Male sings two clear descending whistles in winter. Runs with head low.


Southern Australia.


Rainforest floors, wet forests and damp gullies.

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