Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Vulnerable

La Selle Thrush (Turdus swalesi)


Taxonomy

French: Merle de La Selle German: Haitidrossel Spanish: Zorzal de La Española
Taxonomy:

Haplocichla swalesi

Wetmore

, 1927,

Massif de la Selle, 6000 feet [c. 1830 m], Haiti

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. s. swalesi (Wetmore, 1927) – S Haiti and SW Dominican Republic.
  • T. s. dodae G. R. Graves & Olson, 1986 – C Dominican Republic.
  • Descriptive notes

    26–27 cm; 88–110 g. Nominate race is blackish above, including soft-edged hood, shading to deep rufous-chestnut mid-belly and flanks, blackish thighs, white lower... read more

    Voice

    Song a long-sustained, slow and deliberately spaced series of loud, low, fluty phrases, e.g.... read more

    Habitat

    Dense shrubby understorey of subtropical moist montane broadleaf forest, also planted clearings... read more

    Food and feeding

    Earthworms, insects and fruit, including Persea anomala; seen to take wild strawberries in grass at edge of trail. Forages mostly... read more

    Breeding

    May–Jul. Nest a bulky cup made mainly of moss, placed at low to middle height in shrub or tree. Eggs 2–3, greenish-blue with... read more

    Movements

    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Previously considered Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Global range 4100 km². Population placed in range 2500–10,000... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). La Selle Thrush (Turdus swalesi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58314 on 23 August 2019).