Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-legged Thrush (Turdus flavipes)


Taxonomy

French: Merle à pattes jaunes German: Gelbfußdrossel Spanish: Mirlo azulado
Taxonomy:

Turdus flavipes

Vieillot

, 1818,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the past placed in genus Platycichla, but generic separation not supported by molecular studies. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. venezuelensis (Sharpe, 1900) – #RN & E Colombia and N & W Venezuela.
  • T. f. melanopleura (Sharpe, 1900) – #RNE Venezuela and Trinidad.
  • T. f. xanthoscelus (Jardine, 1847) – Tobago.
  • T. f. polionotus (Sharpe, 1900) – #RS Venezuela, WC Guyana and NE Brazil.
  • T. f. flavipes Vieillot, 1818 – SE Brazil, SE Paraguay and NE Argentina.
  • Descriptive notes

    22 cm; 55–72 g. Male nominate race has black hood to breast (variably lower), black wings and tail, dull slate-grey on rest of plumage; yellow bill, eyering and legs.... read more

    Voice

    Song, from treetop, highly variable within and among individuals, sometimes very musical and... read more

    Habitat

    Most strata (including lower middle levels and canopy) and borders of humid forest and secondary... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly fruit, e.g. on Trinidad those of Myrcia, Sloanea and matchwood (Didymopanax); also insects. In Brazil,... read more

    Breeding

    Jun, and juveniles in Sept and Dec, in Colombia; Mar–Jul in Trinidad; Nov–Jan in S Brazil; song mainly during first half of... read more

    Movements

    Apparently sedentary in Andean part of range, but speculated to be partial migrant at least in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Fairly common in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, although endemic race xanthoscelus in Tobago inevitably has extremely... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Yellow-legged Thrush (Turdus flavipes). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58307 on 21 November 2018).