Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Aztec Thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola)


French: Grive aztèque German: Aztekendrossel Spanish: Zorzal azteca

Turdus pinicola

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

pine forests of tableland above Jalapa, Veracruz, southern Mexico


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. p. maternalis (A. R. Phillips, 1991) – SW Chihuahua to S Jalisco, in NW Mexico.
  • R. p. pinicola (P. L. Sclater, 1859) – SW Mexico (Veracruz and Michoacán to S Guerrero and S Oaxaca).
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–24 cm; 67–88 g. Male nominate race is brown with dark brown streaks (and pale buff shaft streaks) above and down to upper belly; uppertail-coverts... read more


    Apparent song a louder variation of main call, repeated steadily by male, “wheeerr, wheeerr,... read more


    Humid pine, pine-oak and pine-evergreen forest, at 1800–3500 m; mostly in forested ravines... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including terrestrial insects and their larvae; also small fleshy berries and fruit of woody plants such as Texas madrone (... read more


    May–Jul; single breeding record in Sonora, in Aug–Sept. Nest a cup of grass, leaves and moss, placed 5–20 m up inside... read more


    Basically resident; extreme N populations may shift S in winter, Oct–Feb, but present all... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Very uncommon in interior Oaxaca.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Aztec Thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).