Redlegged thrush

Turdus plumbeus

TAXONOMY

Turdus plumbeus Linnaeus, 1758, Bahamas. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Merle vantard; German: Rotfussdrossel; Spanish: Zorzal cubano.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

10.2-10.6 in (26-27 cm); 1.8- 2.9 oz (50-82 g). Gray upper-parts, reddish legs and bill, red eye ring, white chin, and large white tail tips. Belly color varies between races from white to rufous; throat can be dark to spotted white.

DISTRIBUTION

Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Dominica. HABITAT

Woodlands, mangrove, and scrub, coffee plantations, cactus, and thickets in large gardens.

BEHAVIOR

Shy, solitary or in pairs, forages low in vegetation or on ground, noisy at roost.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Insects in summer, fruit in winter, including royal palm fruit and various berries.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Breeds March-November; three to five eggs in bulky nest of stems, grass, paper, in tree fork or crown of tall palm.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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Turdus plumbeus

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