February 25, 2017 - Black-breasted Thrush (Turdus dissimilis)
These thrushes are found in parts of South and Southeast Asia. They eat insects, mollusks, and berries, foraging mostly on the ground and sometimes in trees. During the breeding season, which varies in different parts of their range, they build sturdy cup nests from green moss and fibers, usually in trees or shrubs, but sometimes on the ground. They were once grouped with the Grey-backed Thrush as a single species and the two may form a superspecies along with the Tickell’s Thrush.
These thrushes are found in parts of the Himalayas, India, southern and eastern China, and northern Southeast Asia. Usually foraging in pairs or small groups, they eat berries, insects, and mollusks. They have been observed beating snails against rocks to break their shells. Their nests are shallow cups built in tree forks from twigs, roots, and moss.
Victor Marton once taught a poisoning class to THRUSH agents. His students filmed it and spread the classes in clandestine tapes dubbed “Cooking with Victor Marton.” It was an astonishing success among the organization until its final collapse.