Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris

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The Rufous-bellied Thrush is a resident of open forest, pampas and agricultural land Bolivia east to northeastern Brazil, and south to Paraguay and to northern Argentina. A highly adaptable thrush, these birds can even be found on lawns and gardens in urban areas.  Both sexes have olive-brown upperparts, a buff-brown breast, orange underparts and an orange-yellow eyering.  Rufous-bellied Thrushes mainly eat fruit and insects.  In southern Brazil, Rufous-bellied Thrushes have been reported to eat 28 different kinds of fruit, including the berries of Syagrus romanzoffiana, Rapanea laetevirens and Miconia cinerascens. Rufous-bellied Thrushes are common throughout their range, despite the fact that they often experience reduced productivity due to brood parasitism by Shiny Cowbirds (Molothrus bonariensis).

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

Recommended Citation

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