Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Pale-vented Thrush (Turdus obsoletus)


French: Merle cul-blanc German: Blasssteißdrossel Spanish: Zorzal ventripálido

Turdus obsoletus


, 1862,

Panama Rail Road on Atlantic side of the Isthmus of Panama


In the past thought possibly conspecific with T. fumigatus and T. hauxwelli. Race orinocensis of former sometimes included in present species. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. o. obsoletus Lawrence, 1862 – Caribbean slope of Costa Rica S to Panama and NW Colombia.
  • T. o. parambanus E. J. O. Hartert, 1920 – W Colombia and W Ecuador.
  • T. o. colombianus E. J. O. Hartert & Hellmayr, 1901 – E slope of W Andes of Colombia.
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–23 cm; 61–82 g. Nominate race is dark rufous-brown above, paler brown below, with dark-streaked ­whitish chin, whitish mid-belly to vent, pale... read more


    Song a fairly fast melodious and sustained caroling from hidden perch high in canopy; in Costa Rica... read more


    Lower growth, subcanopy and mid-canopy inside humid and wet foothill and lower subtropical forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits of palms and Lauraceae, arillate seeds, berries of many kinds, and invertebrates. Essentially arboreal, foraging in trees; sometimes... read more


    Apr–May in Costa Rica and Apr in Colombia. Nest a large bulky bowl of fibres, with mud in foundation, green moss externally, lined... read more


    Few detected, but at least part of population probably undertakes seasonal altitudinal movements... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Mostly rare to uncommon; common in Costa Rica. Uncommon and seemingly local on both slopes in Panama. Uncommon and perhaps local in Colombia. In... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Pale-vented Thrush (Turdus obsoletus). 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 on 17 February 2020).