French: Grive à joues grises German: Grauwangen-Musendrossel Spanish: Zorzalito carigrís
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. aliciae
(S. F. Baird, 1858) – NE Siberia (E from R Kolyma), Alaska and Canada; non-breeding mainly N South America E of Andes, scarce in Greater Antilles.
C. m. minimus
(Lafresnaye, 1848) – E Canada (Newfoundland, possibly also N Quebec); non-breeding N South America E of Andes.
17–18·5 cm; 26–50 g. Nominate race is olive-tinged grey-brown above, dull whitish below, with slightly greyish face, indistinct pale eyering, dark brown... read more
Song, rarely in winter quarters and generally limited to 6-week period on breeding grounds, a... read more
Breeds in taiga and adjacent tundra, where found in areas of medium-height shrubs with dense woody... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, with some fruit. Stomachs of birds mostly on spring and autumn passages held 75% animal and 25% vegetable matter: beetles... read more
Mid-May to early Aug in North America and Jun–Jul in Siberia; single-brooded. Monogamous. No data on territory size, but recorded... read more
Long-distance migrant. Departure from breeding grounds begins mid-Aug, mostly complete by early... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Indirect evidence suggests considerably smaller global population than C. ustulatus, given ratios of 1:5 (ringing records, Wisconsin), 1:4 (... read more
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