French: Merle géant German: Riesendrossel Spanish: Mirlo grande
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
La Paz, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
T. f. cacozelus
(Bangs, 1898) – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
T. f. clarus
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1953 – Sierra de Perijá, on NE Colombia–W Venezuela border.
T. f. quindio
Chapman, 1925 – W & C Andes of Colombia and N Ecuador.
T. f. gigas
Fraser, 1841 – E Andes of Venezuela and Colombia.
T. f. gigantodes
Cabanis, 1873 – S Ecuador (S from Huigra) S in W Andes to C Peru (at least Junín, possibly farther S).
T. f. ockendeni
Hellmayr, 1906 – SE Peru (Cuzco, Puno).
T. f. fuscater
d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – W Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
28–33 cm; 128–175 g. Large, long-tailed thrush. Nominate race is olive-tinged grey-brown, darker above, paler below, with darker lores, dark streaking on pale... read more
Song, from branch in middle level, infrequent (mostly in darkness before dawn, only in breeding... read more
Cleared and partially opened areas, including fields, farmyards and gardens with hedges and patches... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and berries, also insects and earthworms. Forages on ground, especially on short-grass pastures and roadsides, but also regularly... read more
Mar–Apr in Venezuela; Jan–Aug, with fledglings Jan and food-carrying Sept, in Colombia; Oct in Ecuador, and Feb and Jun in Peru... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to very common; in many areas one of the most frequently seen bird species, particularly in N of range (S to Ecuador). In Colombia very common... read more
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