French: Grive ardoisée German: Graurücken-Musendrossel Spanish: Zorzalito sombrío
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. hellmayri
Berlepsch, 1902 – Black-backed Nightingale-thrush – Costa Rica and W Panama.
C. f. mirabilis
Nelson, 1912 – E Panama (Cerro Pirre area, SC Darién).
C. f. fuscater
(Lafresnaye, 1845) – Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush – E Panama (Cerro Tacarcuna, E Darién), E Andes of Colombia S to W Ecuador, and W Venezuela.
C. f. sanctaemartae
Ridgway, 1904 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
C. f. opertaneus
Wetmore, 1955 – W Colombia (N part of W Andes).
C. f. caniceps
Chapman, 1924 – NW & C Peru, probably also SW Ecuador.
C. f. mentalis
P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876 – SE Peru and NW Bolivia (S to Santa Cruz).
17–19 cm; 35–38 g. Male nominate race is blackish-grey above from below eye to tail, blackest on crown and in front of eye; whitish below, with grey-flecked... read more
Song resembles that of C. dryas, but more repetitive and leisurely, dreamy and mesmerizing... read more
Undergrowth of dense mossy humid and wet montane forest, subtropical forest and cloudforest, in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, sowbugs, spiders and, commonly, earthworms; also many berries of Rubiaceae, Gesneriaceae, etc. Commonly forages on ground, often... read more
Apr–Aug in Costa Rica; Apr–Sept (Feb–Jun in C Andes) in Colombia; fledglings in Jul in Ecuador; Dec–Jan, with... read more
Sedentary, so far as known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common. Common in Costa Rica on both slopes, and sometimes abundant in Guanacaste and Tilarán... read more
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