Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Red-legged Thrush (Turdus ardosiaceus)


French: Merle dominicain German: Hispaniola-Rotfußdrossel Spanish: Zorzal patirrojo oriental

Turdus ardosiaceus


, 1822,

Santo Domingo


Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. plumbeus and T. rubripes, but differs from former in characters given under that species. Differs from latter (comparing geographically and morphologically closest form schistaceus) in its black-and-white-striped vs black streaky throat (3); paler grey breast and flanks (1); white vs pale tan belly (2); narrower frequency range for lower-pitched notes in song, making these notes melodious rather than squeaky (1)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. ardosiaceus Vieillot, 1822 – Hispaniola (including Tortue and Gonâve) and Puerto Rico.
  • T. a. albiventris (P. L. Sclater, 1889) – Dominica.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–28 cm; 60·1–100 g (nominate). Slate-grey above, with white throat and chin, tail black with white tips; underparts greyish, paler on belly. Sexes... read more


    Song a long, melodious, monotonous series of one- to three-syllable phrases, “chirruit,... read more


    Forests across elevations from sea-level to c. 2440 m, and of various types, including semi-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, small vertebrates and fruits. Of 22 birds taken in Puerto Rico, during all months except Jun–Jul, stomachs of three... read more


    Season Jan–Sept, with peak Apr–Jun. Territory in Puerto Rico as small as 0·1 ha, with smallest inter-nest distance 8 m.... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread within range. No data on global population size or population trends, but no evidence to indicate that numbers... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Eastern Red-legged Thrush (Turdus ardosiaceus). 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 19 February 2020).