Andean Solitaire - Myadestes ralloides
Andean Solitaire
Myadestes ralloides ralloides
Villa Rica-Oxapampa road, Pasco region, Peru.
The Myadestes solitaires are a distinctive group with an odd distribution. The species are spread over mountains of the Americas from Alaska to Bolivia, with four species also endemic to Hawaii. (S8)

Brown-backed Solitaire - Myadestes occidentalis
Brown-backed Solitaire
Myadestes occidentalis deignani
La Cumbre, Oaxaca state, Mexico.

Slate-colored Solitaire - Myadestes unicolor
Slate-colored Solitaire
Myadestes unicolor unicolor
El Ocote Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas state. Mexico.

Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus gracilirostris
Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush
Catharus gracilirostris gracilirostris
Savegre Valley, San José province, Costa Rica.
Restricted to high mountain forest in Costa Rica and western Panama. It is not as shy as most other members of the genus, frequently coming out into the open in clearings and roadsides. (S6)

Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus fuscater
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush
Catharus fuscater sanctaemartae
El Dorado Lodge, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
Found in montane forest from Costa Rica to Bolivia. This bird was feeding on recently hatched insects that were in the trail. (S13)

Spotted Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus dryas
Spotted Nightingale-Thrush
Catharus dryas ecuadoreanus
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A handsome but very shy thrush found in cloudforest understory from Mexico to Argentina. I tried many times to get a shot unsuccessfully over the years before finally nailing this one. (S8)

Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus frantzii
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush
Catharus frantzii wetmorei
Bosque de Paz, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
Common in montane forest from Mexico to Panama. (S8)

White-eared Solitaire - Entomodestes leucotis
White-eared Solitaire
Entomodestes leucotis
Villa Rica-Oxapampa road, Pasco department, Peru.
A spectacular thrush found in the Andes of Peru and western Bolivia. This bird was singing. (S8)

Austral Thrush - Turdus falcklandii
Austral Thrush
Turdus falcklandii magellanicus
Cerro Sombrero, Tierra del Fuego, Region XII, Chile.
The southernmost Turdus. (S5)

Austral Thrush - Turdus falcklandii
Austral Thrush
Turdus falcklandii magellanicus
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.
Juvenile. (S8)

Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus
Swainson's Thrush
Catharus ustulatus oedicus
North of Mapastepec, Chiapas state, Mexico.
Breeds in northern North America, but also a long-distance migrant. It is a common northern winter resident over much of tropical America. Identified to this subspecies based on the rufous upperparts and winter range. (S5)

Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus
Swainson's Thrush
Catharus ustulatus swainsoni
San Lorenzo, Salta province, Argentina.
This photo is from near the southernmost part of its range. (S6)

Wood Thrush - Hylocichla mustelina
Wood Thrush
Hylocichla mustelina
4 km southwest of La Joya de Santa María, Oaxaca.
On its wintering grounds. (S5)

Sooty Thrush - Turdus nigrescens
Sooty Thrush
Turdus nigrescens
Savegre Valley, San José province, Costa Rica.
Endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and Panama. (S6)

Mountain Thrush - Turdus plebejus
Mountain Thrush
Turdus plebejus plebejus
Savegre Valley, San José province, Costa Rica.

Pale-eyed Thrush - Turdus leucops
Pale-eyed Thrush
Turdus leucops
RNA Arrierito Antioqueño, Anorí, Antioquia department, Colombia.
Male. Formerly Platycichla leucops, but that genus has been merged with Turdus. (D3)

Great Thrush - Turdus fuscater
Great Thrush
Turdus fuscater quindio
Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, Caldas, Colombia.
Male. A common montane species of tropical South America. (S14)

Great Thrush - Turdus fuscater
Great Thrush
Turdus fuscater quindio
Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, Caldas, Colombia.
Female. (S14)

Glossy-black Thrush - Turdus serranus
Glossy-black Thrush
Turdus serranus fuscobrunneus
Near Tandayapa, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. A common thrush of South American montane cloudforest. (S7)

Glossy-black Thrush - Turdus serranus
Glossy-black Thrush
Turdus serranus fuscobrunneus
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. I think this might be a young bird because of the obvious gape. It was foraging in the compost pile next the blind. (S7)

White-throated (Dagua) Thrush - Turdus assimilis daguae
White-throated (Dagua) Thrush
Turdus assimilis daguae
Río Canandé reserve, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
This subspecies, found in the Chocó region from eastern Panama to northwestern Ecuador, is often considered a full species, Dagua Thrush. It's browner than other subspecies and has a short, black bill. (S8)

Chestnut-bellied Thrush - Turdus fulviventris
Chestnut-bellied Thrush
Turdus fulviventris
Santa Cecilia train above Paquisha, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
A local thrush found in a fairly narrow elevational band in Andean cloudforest from Venezuela to extreme northern Peru. (S6)

Black-hooded Thrush - Turdus olivater
Black-hooded Thrush
Turdus olivater sanctaemartae
El Dorado Lodge, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
A rather distinctive thrush found in rainforest of northern South America. (S6)

Slaty Thrush - Turdus nigriceps
Slaty Thrush
Turdus nigriceps nigriceps
Potrero de Yala provincial park, Jujuy province, Argentina.
A singing male. (D3)

Pale-vented Thrush - Turdus obsoletus
Pale-vented Thrush
Turdus obsoletus parambanus
Buenaventura, El Oro province, Ecuador.
Presumably a juvenile. (S8)

Rufous-bellied Thrush - Turdus rufiventris
Rufous-bellied Thrush
Turdus rufiventris rufiventris
Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel, Pixaim, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
An ubiquitous bird of eastern South America. (S8)

Yellow-legged Thrush - Turdus flavipes
Yellow-legged Thrush
Turdus flavipes
Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. Quite an odd shot, as this species typically inhabits forest interior and does not normally descend to the ground. (S7)

Pale-breasted Thrush - Turdus leucomelas
Pale-breasted Thrush
Turdus leucomelas cautor/albiventer
Hotel Minca, Minca, Magdalena, Colombia.
I'm not 100% sure it is ssp. cautor, which is described from extreme northern Colombia. Cautor is supposed to be browner on the back than albiventer, and this bird does seem to have a pure brown back, but it is hard to be sure without having more material to compare with. (S11)

Clay-colored Thrush - Turdus grayi
Clay-colored Thrush
Turdus grayi casius
Cerro Azul, Panama province, Panama.
Common throughout most of Central America (surprisingly it is the national bird of Costa Rica). It also occurs in southern Mexico and northern Colombia. (S8)

Ecuadorian Thrush - Turdus maculirostris
Ecuadorian Thrush
Turdus maculirostris
Mirador Río Blanco, San Miguel de Los Bancos, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
The split from Spectacled Thrush T. nudigenis has now been accepted by the SACC. The species is nearly endemic to western Ecuador, but does reach NW Peru and possibly SW Colombia. (S8)

Lawrence's Thrush - Turdus lawrencii
Lawrence's Thrush
Turdus lawrencii
Sani Lodge, Orellana, Ecuador
This Amazonian thrush is renowned for its ability to mimic the vocalizations of dozens of birds and other animals. Some of its imitations are nearly perfect, but others are less so. Photographed from the tree tower at Sani. (S11)

Black-billed Thrush - Turdus ignobilis
Black-billed Thrush
Turdus ignobilis ignobilis
Chestnut-capped Piha reserve, Anorí, Antioquia department, Colombia.
A common thrush throughout much of NE South America. (S6)

Marañon Thrush - Turdus maranonicus
Marañon Thrush
Turdus maranonicus
La Chonta, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Endemic to the Marañon drainage of southern Ecuador and northern Peru. (S6)

White-necked Thrush - Turdus albicollis
White-necked Thrush
Turdus albicollis albicollis
Ilha Comprida, São Paulo state, Brazil.
A common and widespread species (though often hard to see) in tropical forest in South America. (S8)

American Robin - Turdus migratorius
American Robin
Turdus migratorius phillipsi
Cabañas Puesta del Sol, San José del Pacífico, Oaxaca, Mexico
Here it is near the southern limit of its range, though the subspecies here is not particularly distinctive. (S13)

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