Thrushes (Turdidae)

Tristan Thrush (Nesocichla eremita) - HBW 10, p. 681

French: Grive de Tristan da Cunha German: Tristandrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Tristán da Cunha
Other common names: Hermit Thrush(!)

Taxonomy: Nesocichla eremita Gould, 1855, Tristan da Cunha Island.
Presumably derived from South American Turdus (resembles immature T. falcklandii), but adaptation to insular life includes modified tongue, and maintenance of separate genus appears appropriate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • eremita Gould, 1855 - Tristan da Cunha.
  • gordoni Stenhouse, 1924 - Inaccessible I.
  • procax Elliott, 1954 - Nightingale I and satellites (Middle I, Stoltenhoff I).

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