Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus

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Whilst the male Black Thrush is indeed all black, except for the yellow bill and legs, and pale eye-ring, females are dark brown, and rather paler brown below and over the head; the bill is dark, but the legs are orange-yellow. The Black Thrush, or Black Robin as it is otherwise known, is found from eastern and southern Mexico south to northern El Salvador, meaning that there is no range overlap with the other dark-plumaged Middle American thrush with an all-black male, the Sooty Thrush (Turdus nigrescens) of southern Central America. Unlike the latter species, the Black Thrush is mainly arboreal, feeding on fruits and insects, and sometimes gathering into small flocks. It inhabits humid evergreen or pine–oak forests at 1200–3500 m elevation.

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Recommended Citation

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