French: Merle lustré German: Samtdrossel Spanish: Mirlo serrano
Subspecies and Distribution
T. s. atrosericeus
(Lafresnaye, 1848) – NE Colombia and N Venezuela.
T. s. cumanensis
(Hellmayr, 1919) – NE Venezuela.
T. s. fuscobrunneus
(Chapman, 1912) – C & S Colombia and Ecuador.
T. s. serranus
Tschudi, 1844 – Peru, W Bolivia and NW Argentina.
23–25 cm; 70–90 g. Male nominate race is all glossy black, with yellow bill, eyering and legs. Female is dark olive-brown above, slightly paler and redder below,... read more
Song, often from exposed perch in canopy (sometimes from within epiphyte), usually given for c. 30... read more
Middle and upper strata of primary humid and wet subtropical and temperate montane forest, tall... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and berries. Forages arboreally, seldom visiting ground, but sometimes hopping into open along roads in twilight. Regularly gathers... read more
Mar–Aug in Colombia (song period Feb–Jul in W Andes), but fledglings seen also in Oct and Nov; fledglings in Feb and Jun in... read more
Presumably mainly sedentary. Some seasonal altitudinal and other movements indicated by records in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Locally common in Venezuela. Fairly common in Podocarpus National Park, in Ecuador. Present in several other protected areas,... read more
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