Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Scaly-breasted Thrasher (Allenia fusca)


French: Moqueur grivotte German: Schuppenspottdrossel Spanish: Cuitlacoche oscuro

Muscicapa fusca

Statius Müller

, 1776,



Listed delimitations of races uncertain, and not congruent with mtDNA data; further study required. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. f. hypenema (Buden, 1993) – N Lesser Antilles from St Martin, Saba and St Barthélémy S to Guadeloupe and Marie-Galante.
  • A. f. fusca (Statius Müller, 1776) – C & S Lesser Antilles (Dominica, Martinique and, disjunctly, Grenada).
  • A. f. schwartzi (Buden, 1993) – St Lucia, in SC Lesser Antilles.
  • A. f. vincenti (Kratter & Garrido, 1996) – St Vincent, in S Lesser Antilles. Possibly this race recently recorded on nearby Mustique#R.
  • A. f. atlantica (Buden, 1993) – Barbados (possibly extinct).
  • Descriptive notes

    23 cm; 53–98 g, average 67·1 g, vincenti mean 59·8 g, schwartzi mean 62·7 g, hypenema (from St Kitts) mean 74·4 g... read more


    Series of varied notes and phrases, somewhat Mimus-like but softer, slower, less forceful. read more


    Found in range of habitats, from forest to semi-open woodland, also around settlements. More... read more

    Food and feeding

    Omnivorous, feeding on range of arthropods, fruits, berries; apparently more frugivorous and less omnivorous than related mimids. Largely... read more


    May–Jun. Nest cup-shaped, placed in bush or tree. Clutch 2–3 eggs, unmarked greenish-blue. No other information available.


    Resident; some wandering, as vagrants recorded in Grenadines.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in the Lesser Antilles EBA. Common to fairly common in most of N & C Lesser Antillean range and on St Vincent;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cody, M. (2019). Scaly-breasted Thrasher (Allenia fusca). 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 21 March 2019).