French: Grive à tête noire German: Schwarzkopf-Musendrossel Spanish: Zorzalito cabecinegro
Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. mexicanus
(Bonaparte, 1856) – EC Mexico.
C. m. cantator
Griscom, 1930 – S Mexico E to E Guatemala.
C. m. yaegeri
A. R. Phillips, 1991 – Honduras.
C. m. carrikeri
A. R. Phillips, 1991 – Nicaragua, Costa Rica and W Panama.
15–16·5 cm; 30 g. Male nominate race has black crown, olive-brown upperparts, dark grey face, vaguely dark-streaked white throat, pale greyish-brown breast and flanks,... read more
Song, by male 1–3 m up in shrub, mostly at dawn and dusk and in afternoon, a series of rapid... read more
Dense dark undergrowth of primary humid evergreen forest (cloudforest) and adjacent second growth... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles, caterpillars and other insects; also much fruit, such as Psychotria and Cephaelis. Forages on or near ground,... read more
Apr–May in Mexico and Mar–Jul in Costa Rica. Highly site-faithful. Nest a substantial but neat cup of mosses, bark strips and/... read more
In Mexico, far N populations may move S for period Oct–Mar; post-breeding altitudinal descent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Common in Oaxaca, in S Mexico; report from Mexico City erroneous. Fairly common in Honduras. In Costa Rica, common in... read more
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