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The Izu thrush or Izu Islands thrush (Turdus celaenops) is a bird of the thrush family native to the Izu and Ryukyu Islands of Japan (Hachijojima, Mikurajima, and Miyakejima in the former chain, and Yakushima and the Tokara Islands in the latter). The species is absent from the main islands of Japan due to its limited range. It is listed in the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable.

Izu thrush
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
T. celaenops
Binomial name
Turdus celaenops
Stejneger, 1887

Reaching a length of approximately 23 cm, the Izu thrush has a distinctive dark plumage, with a black head and tail contrasting with yellow eye-ring and bill, chestnut brown wings, and a rust-red belly. This color pattern often elicits comparisons to the American robin.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Turdus celaenops". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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