Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-legged Thrush (Turdus flavipes)


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

Turdus flavipes


, 1818,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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


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


    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


    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


    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. (2020). 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 on 19 February 2020).