French: Merle chiguanco German: Chiguancodrossel Spanish: Mirlo chiguanco
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Subspecies and Distribution
T. c. conradi
Salvadori & Festa, 1899 – C Ecuador S to C Peru.
T. c. chiguanco
d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – coastal Peru, W Bolivia (La Paz) and extreme N Chile (S to Tarapacá).
25–28 cm; 82·8–107 g. Nominate race is plain olive grey-brown, slightly paler below, with vague buffy throat streaks; bill and legs yellow; iris red to... read more
Song, mainly at dawn and dusk and only in breeding season, from high branch, telephone line or... read more
Agricultural and semi-open areas with scattered trees, thickets and hedges, gardens, parks and... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, insects (including noctuid moth caterpillars), spiders; fruits of cultivated trees. Usually observed alone or in loose pairs.... read more
Surprisingly poorly known. Fledglings in Apr and Jul in Ecuador; birds in breeding condition in Nov and Dec, nestbuilding in late Oct and a... read more
Presumably sedentary; in Ecuador has been known to wander as far N as Volcán Pichincha.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common, and a rather familiar species. Very widespread in Peru. Possibly expanding its range N in Ecuador, since all... read more
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