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Photo © by Doug Greenberg
Oakland, California, USA, 9 January 2007
Ixoreus naevius

Zoothera naevia


Photo © by Lanesra
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

21·5–24 cm (8½-9½ in)

  • Dark grey upperparts
  • Orange supercilium
  • Dark grey stripe through the eye
  • Two orange wing bars
  • Wide band across rusty breast
    • Black in male
    • Gray in female
  • White under tail
  • Brown legs and feet


  • Breastband imperfect or speckled
  • Rusty wash

Similar Species

The morph and behavior are very similar to the closely related American Robin, but the coloration is distinctive.


Western North America from Alaska to northern California.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • I. n. naevius:
  • South East Alaska to coastal north-western California; winters to southern California
  • I. n. meruloides:
  • North Alaska and north-western Canada to north-western US; winters to west-central US
  • I. n. carlottae:
  • Haida Gwaii (British Columbia, Canada)


Mature forests with a closed canopy, prefers wet coniferous or mixed forests for breeding. Winters in parks, gardens as well as forests.



They mainly feed on or near the ground; their diet consists mostly of invertebrates in the spring and summer, changing to fruit, berries and mast in the autumn and winter.


The nest is placed in a tree. The clutch contains 2-5 eggs. There may be a second brood.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2019)

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