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Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi

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The Clay-colored Thrush’s range just reaches the United States, in southernmost Texas, but elsewhere it ranges south through eastern Mexico and over much of Middle America to northwest South America, in Colombia. Like a number of other Neotropical thrushes, it is not a very prepossessing bird, being mainly dull brown over the upperparts, becoming paler brown below, with a whitish throat streaked darker, and pinkish legs, and a slightly yellow bill. At least nine subspecies are generally recognized, although geographical variation between them is generally rather minor, involving slight differences in overall coloration in most instances. Compared to many other Neotropical thrushes its ecology and behavior are reasonably well studied, in large part doubtless due to its relative ubiquitousness. The Clay-colored Thrush is a generally common and easily observed bird, which is found in all manner of lightly wooded areas, often in close proximity to mankind.

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

Recommended Citation

Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/clcrob