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Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush

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Photo by Gerald FriesenWestern Andes slope, Ecuador, April, 2018
Photo by Gerald Friesen
Western Andes slope, Ecuador, April, 2018
Photo by Stanley JonesHeredia Province, Costa Rica, February 2014
Photo by Stanley Jones
Heredia Province, Costa Rica, February 2014
Catharus fuscater


[edit] Identification

Above dark grey shading to slate-black on head, wings, and tail. Throat, breast, sides, and crissum slate-gray; centre of lower breast and belly white. Eye white. Eye-ring and bill orange, legs paler orange. This description fits subspecies hellmayri from western Panama and Costa Rica; underside varies quite a bit on different subspecies but all have the pale eye.

[edit] Distribution

Costa Rica to western Panama and from eastern Panama to NW Venezuela, N Colombia, and Bolivia.

[edit] Taxonomy

Seven subspecies are recognized.

Photo by Marian AlvarezSanta Elena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, August 2006
Photo by Marian Alvarez
Santa Elena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, August 2006

[edit] Habitat

Mostly on or near ground in wet mountain forest

[edit] Behaviour

Its diet includes fruits; it hops bouncily, stops and stands pertly, nervously flicking wings.

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