French: Merle à dos roux German: Rotmanteldrossel Spanish: Zorzal dorsirrufo
Other common names:
Monterey, California; error = Acapulco, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
T. r. rufopalliatus
Lafresnaye, 1840 – Rufous-backed Thrush – W Mexico.
T. r. interior
A. R. Phillips, 1991 – SC Mexico.
T. r. graysoni
(Ridgway, 1882) – Tres Marias Thrush – Tres Marías Is (off W Mexico).
21·5–25·5 cm; 72–85 g. Male nominate race has pale grey head, mantle, wings and tail, black lores and yellow eyering, grey-washed dull chestnut... read more
Song a series of leisurely low-pitched rich warbling phrases, e.g. “weedele loo loo freerlii... read more
All strata of arid to semi-humid deciduous and semi-deciduous forest, thorn-forest (where most... read more
Food and feeding
Fruit is staple diet, at least outside breeding season. Commonly forages on ground.
Jun–Aug, coinciding with onset of summer rains. Nest in one instance placed in small garden tree 3 m up. Eggs 3, whitish with heavy... read more
Largely sedentary, but part of population on Tres Marías Is (race graysoni) visits... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Race graysoni, sometimes treated as a separate species, is a restricted-range taxon: present in North-west Mexican Pacific Slope EBA. Fairly... read more
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