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