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Turdus rufopalliatus

Rufous-backed Robin

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae

Authors: Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi



21.5 - 24.0 cm. Eyes dark brown, contour of eye yellow. Small bill, yellow. Head and nape grayish. Back and feathers that cover the wings rufous to olive-rufous. Rump and feathers that cover uppertail gray. Wings and tail dark gray. Throat white heavily streaked blackish. Chest and flanks rufous. Belly and feathers that cover undertail white. Legs relatively long, flesh color. Populations of Islas Marías and some of Nayarit. Usually are of a washed color. Back slightly brighter than head and nape. Underparts grayish, washed cinnamon on chest and flanks. Juveniles are similar to adults, but head and upperparts duller flecked whitish to buff; rump and feathers that cover uppertail brown. Underparts whitish to cinnamon spotted dark brown, feathers that cover undertail white.

Similar Species

There are other thrushes within its distribution range, although none with the combination of colors of the Rufous-backed Robin.


A plaintive, mellow, drawn-out whistle, chiioo or tiiiuu, a fairly hard clucking chuk chuk chuk¿ or chok¿, and a high, thin ssi or ssit, mostly in flight. Song a leisurely rich warbling, includes 2-3 times repetition of some phrases.

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Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: