The appearance of true thrushes (Turdidae) in Hong Kong is a sign that winter has arrived. AJP sent us these photographs taken a few days ago in Sai Kung Country Park.
White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea)
White's Thrush breeds in north-eastern China. Still marked in the guides as an uncommon winter visitor, our experience from the 1960s and visits since is that it is actually not that uncommon. Named for Gilbert White the famous country parson of Selbourne in Hampshire.
Chinese Blackbird (Turdus mandarinus)
Previously regarded as a subspecies of the Common Blackbird, it has recently been given full species status by some authors. Peak Gardens is where we have regularly seen this bird. They skulk more than the blackbirds in gardens in UK.
Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum)
A common winter visitor that breeds in north-east Asia.