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Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Alvaro Jaramillo, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

This handsome thrush is restricted to a small region of the highlands of Central America, from southern Mexico south to El Salvador and Honduras, and it is a much sought regional endemic. Yet within its limited distribution, Rufous-collared Robin is quite common, and may even be found in suburban areas, as well as in open forest. The key is that it needs some forested or wooded habitats nearby. The traveler from farther north will notice strong similarities in the voice and some aspects of the appearance of this thrush to American Robin (Turdus migratorius). In fact these two species appear to be each other’s closest relatives based on recent molecular data. Visually Rufous-collared Robin is striking: the head and body of males are blackish, with a bold and wide rufous collar on the nape, neck and breast, all accented by a bright yellow bill and legs.


© Walter A. Thurber

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

Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C. A., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, M. d. C. Arizmendi, A. Jaramillo, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Rufous-collared Robin (Turdus rufitorques), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.