Yellow-legged Thrush Turdus flavipes

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With its curiously disjunct range, in northernmost South America, the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, parts of the Guiana Shield, and most extensively through the Atlantic Forest region, it is unsurprising that five subspecies of Yellow-legged Thrush have been named. These vary principally in overall body color, sometimes more obviously in females. In general, males are black to slate-gray with yellow legs, bill, and narrow eye-ring, while females are generally brown, becoming paler over the underparts, sometimes with a whitish chin, and also has yellow legs and a yellowish eye-ring. The Yellow-legged Thrush is generally fairly common and favors humid forest and secondary woodland, including adjacent clearings and plantations, to at least 2000 m. The species’ diet is principally fruit, and the nest is a shallow cup, typical of many thrushes, bound with mud; clutch size is two eggs. There is some suggestion of migratory movements in the north of the species’ range, and more clearly in the Atlantic Forest.

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

Recommended Citation

Yellow-legged Thrush (Turdus flavipes), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: