|G.citrina - India|
|G.siberica - Siberia|
In captivity various zoos and private individuals have bred these birds. The nest is a typical cup-shaped nest, fairly substantial and often incorporating mud, and the clutch is usually around 3-4 eggs. As with most passerines, live food is essential to raising the young, and the commercial production of earthworms as live food has greatly improved breeding success with many species of thrushes in recent years. Lifespan is not clear, but going by other similar species it may reach up to 10 years in some individuals, at least in captivity.
This brings to an end the series on passerines. Next week, highlights of a recent birding trip to Bulgaria – Pelicans, Vultures, and various butterflies.
(images from wikipedia).