Aztec Thrush

Ridgwayia pinicola




Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Light blue

Number of Eggs:

2 - 3

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

On branch or fork of tree.

Nest Material:

Lined with finer materials., Twigs, moss, grasses, mud.





Aztec Thrush: Large thrush with dark-streaked, brown-black upperparts, head, and upper breast. Underparts are white with dark brown mottled flanks. Wings are dark with white shoulders and tips. Tail is dark with broad white tip. Female is paler brown overall with more streaks on breast and throat. Juvenile has white-streaked upperparts and scaled brown underparts.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Aztec Thrush: Two to three light blue eggs are laid in a nest made of twigs, moss, grass, and mud, lined with finer materials, and built on a branch or fork in a tree. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Aztec Thrush: Eats insects, fruits, and berries; forages in trees and shrubs, and occasionally on the ground.


Aztec Thrush: Song is a tremulous, slightly burry "wheeerr" or "dweeeeir" repeated steadily by the male. Calls include a quavering "wheeeeer," a slightly metallic "wheer" and a nasal to clear "sweee-uh."

Similar Species

Aztec Thrush: Varied Thrush has rust-brown breast and wing-bars and lacks orange on crown.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The upper front part of a bird.
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