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Glossy-black Thrush Turdus serranus

  • © Juan José Arango

Glossy-black Thrush is a highland Turdus found widely in the Andes Mountains of western South America.  Males are rather striking, being all shiny black in plumage with yellow-orange bill, legs, and eye ring, while females are brown above and slightly paler below with duller yellowish bare parts.  The species favors montane forest interior from 1500-2800 meters in elevation, and rarely ventures far from cover.  For a thrush, this species has a shrill, fast song that is useful for locating the species, since it is rather skulking and hard to detect visually.

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© Paul A. Schwartz

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

Recommended Citation

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