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Mountain Thrush Turdus plebejus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Soberanes-González, Carlos A., Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Guy M. Kirwan and Thomas S. Schulenberg
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Also known as the American Mountain Thrush, or Mountain Robin, the Mountain Thrush is a dull-colored Turdus in which the sexes are more or less identically plumaged. Adults are very dark olive brown virtually throughout, although the wings and tail are generally the darker than the body, with a slightly paler throat that appears vaguely streaked. The bare parts are also largely very dark. Three subspecies are generally recognized, reflecting breaks in the species’ apparent distribution, but variation between them appears rather minimal, and this species might be better treated as being monotypic. Mountain Thrush occurs in a wide variety of forest types at higher elevations, from southeastern Mexico south to western Panama.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, Carlos A., Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Guy M. Kirwan and Thomas S. Schulenberg.(2013).Mountain Thrush (Turdus plebejus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/mourob1