French: Merle de montagne German: Cabanisdrossel Spanish: Zorzal plebeyo
Other common names:
American Mountain Thrush
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. differens
(Nelson, 1901) – SE Mexico and Guatemala.
T. p. rafaelensis
W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and NW Costa Rica.
T. p. plebejus
Cabanis, 1861 – Costa Rica and W Panama.
23–25·5 cm; 86 g. Nominate race is dull darkish olive-brown above, paler drab-brown below, with slightly darker face, slightly paler throat with vague brown... read more
Song (relatively infrequently given) a rapid, sustained, monotonous, mechanical and unmusical... read more
Humid evergreen forest and edge, open oak woodland, second growth, tall epiphyte-burdened mountain... read more
Food and feeding
Arillate seeds and many kinds of berries, including small red berries of “pisco” (Myrtaceae) and seeds of “largartillo... read more
Mar–Jun in Costa Rica. Nest a large cup of green moss with middle layer of dry bamboo leaves, thin lining of black rootlets, hidden... read more
Apparently sedentary or minor altitudinal migrant; in Costa Rica at height of rains, makes post-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in N of range, but very uncommon in Oaxaca (Mexico). Abundant in C highlands of Costa Rica. Fairly common to common in Panama.
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