Clay-colored Thrush

Turdus grayi




Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Pale blue with brown, gray and red spots

Number of Eggs:

2 - 4

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

On low branch of tree or shrub.

Nest Material:

Mud, grasses, and twigs





Clay-colored Thrush: Large thrush with olive-brown upperparts, brown-streaked buff throat, and pale brown underparts. Bill is yellow-green and black-tipped. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has light spots on upperwing coverts.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Clay-colored Thrush: Two to four pale blue eggs dotted with brown, gray, and red are laid in a cup nest made of mud, grass, and twigs, and built low in a tree or shrub. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Clay-colored Thrush: Eats insects, caterpillars, and some berries and fruits; occasionally takes snails, small amphibians, and reptiles. Hops and runs on the ground while foraging, pushing litter aside with its bill; also gleans food from branches and foliage low in trees.


Clay-colored Thrush: Song is a slow, long, caroling of various musical phrases such as "cheerily-cheer-up-cheerio." Calls include a throaty "tock", a slurred "reeur-ee", and a clucking note.

Similar Species

Clay-colored Thrush: American Robin has red-brown breast, white belly, gray-brown upperparts, white throat, and yellow bill.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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