Clay-colored Thrush

Turdus grayi

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

CCTH

Code 6

TURGRA

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Clay-colored Thrush is the national bird of Costa Rica. This species' range spans from southern Texas to northern Columbia, and is found along the Atlantic slope between these two areas. They are very common in urban areas, including yards and gardens. The Clay-colored Thrush forages for its food including fruit and small invertebrates. They will sometimes follow army ants to eat animals disturbing their ant hills. This species will also frequently build its nests in human habitats, such as man-made buildings or homes. Currently, the conservation rating for the Clay-colored Thrush is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Clay-colored Thrush: Large thrush with olive-brown upperparts, buff throat has faint brown streaks, and pale brown underparts. Bill is yellow-green and black-tipped. The legs and feet are gray-black. Direct, swift flight on rapidly beating wings. It is the national bird of Costa Rica.


Range and Habitat

Clay-colored Thrush: This species is a resident from eastern Mexico along the Gulf Coast and Yucatan Peninsula south to Columbia. These birds occur casually in lower Rio Grande Valley in extreme southern Texas. They inhabit open or semi-open areas, and are also found in forest edges, gardens, and suburban lots.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"cheerily-cheer-up-cheerio"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In Panama, this species elects to breed in the dry season, despite limited food availability, presumably because the danger from predation is less.
  • It will follow army ants to feed on small prey disturbed by the ant columns.
  • With their springtime songs, Clay-colored Thrush are said to call in the rains at the start of Costa Rica's rainy season which begins in May.
  • A group of robins are collectively known as a "worm" of robins.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Clay-colored Thrush

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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