Rufous-backed Robin

Turdus rufopalliatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

RBRO

Code 6

TURRUP

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Rufous-backed Robin, also called the Rufous-backed Thrush, is a small songbird found along the Pacific slope in Mexico. This species prefers dry, deciduous forests and the edges of similar woodlands, man-made habitats, and areas high in the trees. It may be found in southeastern Sonora, southeastern Oaxaca, the coast of Rio Balsas, Mexico City and the Mexico-United States border area. In winter months, this bird will form flocks, but remains a permanent resident. Typical diets consist of fruit, small invertebrates and insects. The conservation rating of the Rufous-backed Robin is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Rufous-backed Robin: Large thrush, rufous back, gray head, rump, white throat with black streaks, breast and sides are rufous-orange. Undertail coverts, belly are white. Yellow bill has black tip. Wings are rufous with gray primaries. Gray tail. Swift, direct flight with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Rufous-backed Robin: This species is a native of Mexico, and is found along the west coast; it is a casual but regular visitor to the southwest U.S., most often reported in southeast Arizona, but may also occur in southern California and southwest Texas. Found in dense thickets and dry deciduous forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"cheerup-chere-chere-cheerup", "chuk, chuk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Rufous-backed Robinwas first described in 1840 by Lafresnaye, a French ornithologist and collector.
  • It is also known as the Rufous-backed Thrush and Grayson's Thrush.
  • There are more than three hundred species of thrushes that live worldwide. North America has 15 species.
  • A group of robins are collectively known as a "worm" of robins.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Rufous-backed Robin

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

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Irina Rud-Volga

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X