Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Ecuadorian Thrush (Turdus maculirostris)


French: Merle d’Équateur German: Tumbesdrossel Spanish: Zorzal ecuatoriano

Turdus ignobilis maculirostris

Berlepsch and Taczanowski

, 1884,

Cimbo, western Ecuador


Often considered conspecific with T. nudigenis (which see), but genetic data#R#R support treatment as separate species. Monotypic.


W Ecuador and extreme NW Peru.

Descriptive notes

21·5–23 cm; 62–76 g. ­Olive-brown above, paler and warmer brown below, with dark-streaked white throat, whitish centre of belly and vent; faint yellow... read more


Song a musical caroling; main call a whining cat-like upslurred “quee­oww”, similar... read more


Humid lowland and subtropical forest, deciduous forest, forest borders, secondary woodland, lightly... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Forages mostly in trees.


In a study in SW Ecuador, based on 17 nests, laying recorded in Feb. Nests were mud and moss cups typical of the genus, placed on stumps,... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. The most numerous and widespread Turdus within its... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & de Juana, E. (2020). Ecuadorian Thrush (Turdus maculirostris). 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).