The Yellow-legged Thrush
) is a songbird
of northern and eastern South America
. In recent times, it is increasingly often placed in the genus Turdus
again.ffrench et al.
(1991), Clement & Hathaway (2000), Hilty (2003), BLI (2009)
is long and weighs . Both sexes have yellow legs and eye-ring. The male has a yellow bill and its plumage
is usually black with a slate-grey back and lower underparts. However, the hue of the grey areas varies, and the male of one of the five subspecies
, P. f. xanthoscelus
, is all-black, resembling the male Eurasian Blackbird
). Females have a dull bill, warm brown upperparts and paler underparts. The juvenile
male is brownish with black wings and tail, while the juvenile female resemble the adult
female, but is duller, flecked with orange above and spotted and barred with dark brown below.ffrench et al.
(1991), Clement & Hathaway (2000), Hilty (2003)
The song of the male is musical phrases, sreep, sreee, sree, sreee
, again somewhat resembling that of the Eurasian Blackbird, but sometimes including some imitation of other birds songs. The typical call is a sharp srip
and a peculiar seeet
given in alarm.
Distribution and ecology
It has a highly disjunct distribution
. One population breeds in northern Colombia
, far northern Brazil
, and Tobago
, as well as... Read More