Aztec Thrush

Ridgwayia pinicola

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

AZTH

Code 6

RIDPIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Aztec Thrush has a breeding range of 336,000 square kilometers in the highlands of Mexico, and has also occurred as a vagrant to southern Arizona. It is generally considered to be uncommon in its native range, and has an estimated population of 20,000-49,999 individuals. There are not currently any concerns that this species of bird will be approaching the minimum thresholds for placement on the IUCN red list. Because of this, the Aztec Thrush has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Aztec Thrush: Large thrush, dark-streaked, brown-black upperparts, head, upper breast. Underparts are white with dark brown mottled flanks. Wings are dark with white shoulders and tips. Dark tail with broad white tip. Pink-gray legs, feet. Swift direct flight on rapidly beating wings.

 

Range and Habitat

Aztec Thrush: Native of Mexico that makes rare visits to the mountains of extreme southeastern Arizona and the Big Bend region of Texas. Found in montane forests of Mexico. In the United States, they are most often found in the forested slopes and canyons in extreme southern Arizona. Their nest is built in the crook or branch of a tree.

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Aztec Thrush SONGS AND CALLS

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Voice Text

"wheeerr", "dweeeeir", "wheeeeer", "sweee-uh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Between 1996 and 2006, only very few were reported or documented in Arizona. They are usually seen feeding in choke cherry trees in canyons.
  • Since then there have been at around 50 Aztec Thrushes in the US, mostly from southeast Arizona (including an astonishing 21 in 1996).
  • The first US record of an Aztec Thrush sighting came in 1977 in Big Bend National Park, TX. The next record came from Madera Canyon, AZ in 1978.
  • A group of thrushes are collectively known as a "hermitage" and a "mutation" of thrushes.

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CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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