French: Moqueur roux German: Rotspottdrossel Spanish: Cuitlacoche rojizo
South Carolina, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
T. r. longicauda
(S. F. Baird, 1858) – Great Plains from S Canada (SE Alberta E to SW Ontario) S in USA to Colorado and Kansas; non-breeding in E & SE USA (coastal Massachusetts S to Florida and Texas, N to S Illinois and Indiana).
T. r. rufum
(Linnaeus, 1758) – SE Canada (SE Ontario E to Nova Scotia) and C & E USA (S to E Texas and Gulf Coast); non-breeding in E & SE USA.
23·5–30·5 cm; 61–89 g, average 69 g. Large, long-tailed mimid with long, slightly curved bill, long legs. Crown and upperparts are rufous-brown,... read more
Loud, exuberant territorial song consists of extended delivery of rich, fluty phrases of... read more
Dense shrubbery, well-vegetated residential areas, woodland edge, post-fire second growth; in W of... read more
Food and feeding
Generalized omnivore; feeds on insects and other arthropods, gastropods, seeds and fruits. Insect consumption highest in breeding season;... read more
Season varies with latitude; in USA, egg-laying from Apr (in SE) to late May (C); two broods typical in SE of range. Monogamous. Strongly... read more
Short-distance migrant in N; S populations resident. N breeders winter in SC & SE USA, mostly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common over most of range; sporadic at NW & W edges. Probably expanded its population range and density in E & NE USA with... read more
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