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Grand Cayman Thrush Turdus ravidus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Larsen, Niels
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The beautiful Grand Cayman Thrush is extinct. The thrush was relatively common when first described in the 1880s, but was rare by the turn of the 19th century, and the last report came in 1938. It is unclear why this species went extinct, although habitat conversion, as well as hurricanes, have been blamed. This thrush was dark gray with a white belly, and dark, graduated tail with white tail corners; the bill and legs were bright red. The white-tipped tail, largely grayish plumage and red bare parts all suggest a close relationship with the Caribbean endemic Red-legged Thrush (Turdus plumbeus). Very little is known about this thrush as it was gone before much of the Caribbean was explored.

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

Recommended Citation

Larsen, Niels. 2014. Grand Cayman Thrush (Turdus ravidus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.grcthr1.01