Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Black Thrush (Turdus infuscatus)


French: Merle enfumé German: Guatemaladrossel Spanish: Mirlo guatemalteco

Mer[ula]. infuscata


, 1844,



Formerly treated as race of T. serranus, but smaller, with different song, female with distinctive underwing-coverts; treatment as separate species well supported by genetic data#R. Monotypic.


E & S Mexico S to Honduras and N El Salvador, possibly also adjacent Nicaragua.

Descriptive notes

21·5–24 cm; 71–81 g. Male is all black, with bright yellow bill, eyering and legs, dark iris. Female is dark brown, paler below, with buff preocular line... read more


Song a series of rich warbling phrases, each repeated 2–3 times, smooth and mellow but with... read more


Mainly middle and upper strata of humid evergreen to pine-evergreen forest, cloudforest and edge,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, worms and fruits, especially small berries. Occasionally forages on ground in clearings, but mainly arboreal feeder; gathers in... read more


May–Jul in Mexico. Nest a cup made of green mosses, lined with rootlets and rhizomes; three in Mexico were placed c. 4 m, 15 m and... read more


Minor movements downslope in winter; in Sierra de Tecpam, in Guatemala, apparently present only Feb... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Fairly common in all parts of Oaxaca, in S Mexico. In Honduras uncommon except in department of Ocotepeque, where common. read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Black Thrush (Turdus infuscatus). 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 28 February 2020).