Grey Shrike-thrush (species: Colluricincla (Colluricincla) harmonica) in Bald Rock NP (Gaia Guide)
Colluricincla (Colluricincla) harmonica
Grey Shrike-thrush

©Tom Tarrant: Grey Shrike-thrush (Grey Shrike-thrush)

©Tom Tarrant: Juvenile Grey Shrike-thrush (Grey Shrike-thrush)

©Pierre Pouliquin: Juvenile Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla (Colluricincla) harmonica)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Pachycephalidae
Genus Colluricincla
Species Colluricincla (Colluricincla) harmonica
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Females have a white eye-ring and a less pronounced eye stripe.  Juveniles have a pale brown eye-ring that extends to midway down the length of the bill.  The eyebrow on juveniles is brownish.


  • Up to 24 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Interesting facts

  • It has an extraordinary gift for ringing melody, unmatched by any other Australasian species save perhaps the two lyrebirds and its northern relative, the Sandstone Shrike-thrush. (Wikipedia)


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla (Colluricincla) harmonica)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is moderately common to common in most parts of Australia, but absent from the driest of the inland deserts. It is also found in New Guinea. (Wikipedia)

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