Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Western Red-legged Thrush (Turdus rubripes)


French: Merle de Cuba German: Kuba-Rotfußdrossel Spanish: Zorzal patirrojo occidental

Turdus rubripes


, 1826,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. plumbeus and T. ardosiaceus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. r. rubripes Temminck, 1826 – W & C Cuba (E to W Holguín) and I of Pines, as well as many offshore cays.
  • T. r. schistaceus (S. F. Baird, 1864) – E Cuba (in Holguín, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo provinces).
  • T. r. coryi (Sharpe, 1902) – Cayman Is (Cayman Brac).
  • Descriptive notes

    25–28 cm; 41–129 g (Cuba), 68–84 g (coryi). Nominate race has slate-grey upperparts, white chin and submoustachial mark, black throat, greyish... read more


    Song a melodious but monotonous series of one- to three-syllabled phrases, “chirruit,... read more


    Found in various types of woodlands across range of elevations (to c. 1975 m), including semi-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, small vertebrates and fruits. Invertebrates include roaches (in one case Epilampra saublosa), snails, millipedes,... read more


    Season Mar–Nov on Cuban mainland, with food-carrying (to chicks in nest) observed in early Apr; peaks Apr–May on I of Pines,... read more


    Probably mostly sedentary. In Cayman Is, race coryi occasionally visits Little Cayman to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread within range, but no information on global population size or populations trends. Familiar around human... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Western Red-legged Thrush (Turdus rubripes). 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 28 February 2020).