Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

San Lucas Robin (Turdus confinis)


French: Merle de San Lucas German: San-Lucas-Wanderdrossel Spanish: Zorzal de San Lucas

Turdus confinis

S. F. Baird

, 1864,

Todos Santos, Cape San Lucas, Baja California


Previously considered conspecific with T. migratorius, but differs in its pale buff vs rufous breast to lower belly (3); mid-grey vs blackish-grey crown, head sides and throat streaks (2); complete vs partial white supercilium (2); somewhat longer bill (effect size 2.86, score 2); and marginally shorter tarsus (based on published evidence#R possibly 1); song “burrier and less strident”#R, but at least some T. migratorius from Mexican mainland sound burrier than those farther N (ns), hence more vocal data needed. Monotypic.


Sierra de la Laguna, in extreme S Baja California (W Mexico).

Descriptive notes

23–26 cm; 60–90 g. Similar to T. migratorius but paler overall, with greyish-brown (versus blackish-grey) upperparts, sandy-buff (vs. orange-... read more


A variable series of short phrases comprising fairly loud, low, rich, liquid caroling warbles, each... read more


Little information. Breeds in arid to semi-humid pine and pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably invertebrates and fruit, as for T. migratorius, but no published information.


Nothing known.


Resident, aside from downward movements in elevation during the non-breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No estimates of global population size or population trends. Reported to be common within its highly restricted range in S Baja... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Marks, J.S. (2020). San Lucas Robin (Turdus confinis). 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).