Grey Shrike-thrush - Colluricincla harmonica

Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

Family: Pachycephalidae (Whistlers, Shrike-thrushes and allies, 14 species in Australia)
Size: 24 cm
Distribution: Most of Australia apart from a few Central Australian regions
Status: Common
Habitat: Forest, woodland, scrub, mallee, gardens
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Grey Shrike-thrush is best known for its lovely song. Birdwatchers call this bird the "GST".

Grey Shrike-thrush - Colluricincla harmonica
Photo: Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW

Grey Shrike-thrush - Colluricincla harmonica
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe. Based on the above larger book. It's a while since I've seen this one. The publisher's commentary says that "This slimline, compact edition contains the same information on mainland and Tasmanian birds as his best-selling handbook, the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Features include plastic jacket, QuickFind system of colour tags and Quick Index ensure durability and ease of use in the field."

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

See Also

Australian Bird Field Guides

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