Yellow-legged Thrush 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Turdus flavipes

Yellow-legged Thrush

The Yellow-legged Thrush is a sharply- dressed thrush. It is a shy species, and the female in particular is difficult to see, since she does not sing and has a cryptic coloration.

It is 8.7 – 9.1 inches long and weighs 55 – 70 grams.

Both sexes have yellow legs and eye-ring.

Males have yellow bills and their plumage is usually black with a slate-gray back and lower underparts.

Females have a dull bill, warm brown upperparts and paler underparts.

Juvenile males are brownish with black wings and tail, while the juvenile females resemble the adult females, but are duller, flecked with orange above and spotted and barred with dark brown below.

CALL: Typical call is a sharp "srip" and a peculiar "seeet" given in alarm.

SONG: Male song is musical phrases, "sreep, sreee, sree, sreee", again somewhat resembling that of the Eurasian blackbird, but sometimes including some imitation of other birds’ songs.

Mainly feeds in trees and bushes, infrequently on the ground, and mostly eats fruits and berries.

Rainforest, secondary woodland, and overgrown plantations.

It has a highly disjunct distribution. One population breeds in northern Colombia, Venezuela, far northern Brazil, Trinidad, and Tobago, as well as parts of the Pakaraima Mountains in western Guyana (including as it seems Mount Roraima).

A second population occurs in eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and far northeastern Argentina.

The Argentine subpopulation is partially migratory, being resident in the northern part, while southernmost breeders spend the Austral winter further north.

Nest is a lined shallow cup of twigs on a bank or among rocks.

2 or 3 reddish-blotched green or blue eggs are laid.


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