French: Colin chanteur German: Singwachtel Spanish: Colín cantor
Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
D. t. devius
Nelson, 1898 – Jalisco, in WC Mexico.
D. t. pettingilli
Warner & Harrell, 1957 – SW Tamaulipas, SE San Luis Potosí and N Querétaro, in CE Mexico.
D. t. thoracicus
(Gambel, 1848) – NE Puebla and C Veracruz, in EC Mexico.
D. t. melodus
Warner & Harrell, 1957 – C Guerrero, in SC Mexico.
D. t. chiapensis
Nelson, 1898 – SE Oaxaca E to C Chiapas, in S Mexico.
D. t. sharpei
Nelson, 1903 – SE Mexico (NE Campeche, Yucatán and NW Quintana Roo), N Guatemala (Petén) and Belize (Orange Walk and Cayo Districts).
D. t. paynteri
Warner & Harrell, 1955 – SC Quintana Roo, in SE Mexico.
D. t. dolichonyx
Warner & Harrell, 1957 – Sierra Madre de Chiapas (S Mexico) and W Guatemala.
D. t. salvadoranus
Dickey & van Rossem, 1928 – Volcán de San Miguel and Mt Cacaguatique, in El Salvador.
D. t. fuscus
Conover, 1937 – Francisco Morazán highlands (Tegucigalpa Department), in C Honduras.
D. t. conoveri
Warner & Harrell, 1957 – Sierra de Agalta (Olancho Department), in EC Honduras.
20–23 cm; male 180–266 g, female 115–206 g. Toes and claws very long, but overall a small, short-tailed bird that is unlikely to be confused within its... read more
Loud, far-carrying, rhythmic song (considered somewhat like that of Odontophorus guttatus... read more
Variable depending on population: subtropical montane and cloud forests at 1000–3000 m; in... read more
Food and feeding
Small bulbs and seeds, e.g. pokeweed (Phytolacca), and insects including centipedes, crickets, fly larvae, grasshoppers and grubs... read more
Season may extend from Feb to Oct: birds in breeding condition found during late Mar and Apr; in Yucatán, SE Mexico, nest found in... read more
Presumably sedentary. Prefers to run (in zigzags) rather than fly in face of perceived danger.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Very little information available; total population may number 100,000–500,000 birds. Appears to be locally... read more
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