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Bare-eyed Thrush (1 Viewer)

Graham Osborne

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Photo added to my gallery today:


Excellent photo! Everybody calls it the Bare-eyed Thrush (incl. just about any field guide you can find for northern South America), but in World-lists that English name is reserved for an African species (T. tephronotus), while this, a species found in northern South America, is called the Yellow-eye Thrush. All rather confusing! There was a photo of this species in the database, but I've replaced it with the one in this thread.
Hi -thanks to you both.

Rasmus - I am grateful for your clarification over the names. I have to confess complete ignorance of the African species, and I did not notice the anomolous scientific name when I looked up Bare-eyed Thrush on the Database.
A third name for this species, and the one used in the Caribbean field guide is Bare-eyed Robin.

njlarsen said:
A third name for this species, and the one used in the Caribbean field guide is Bare-eyed Robin.


... and to confuse things even further it is also called the Spectacled Thrush (which I actually prefer over the misleading Yellow-eyed). BTW, it seems the use of "Robin" for various Thrushes in the Americas slowly is disappearing (thankfully!). Indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if the only species still labeled as "Robin" in 10-20 years time would be the American. As for three mainly Central American species (Mountain, Sooty and Clay-coloured) I think it only depends on the name used in the next fieldguides to the region. Likewise, while Bare-eyed Robin might be used in the Caribbean guide, I have never heard a birder calling it anything but thrush in mainland South America (where the vast majority of its range is). Indeed, Hilty doesn't even mention "Bare-eyed Robin" as a secondary name in his Venezuela guide. Anyway, if someone needs an argument for learning scientific names I think this could be the one!
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I just commented in the gallery that I was trying to find out the name of this particular bird. Reason is I have been seeing many like this around my house for a couple months now. My photographs of them have not been very publish worthy though.

Beautiful photos in your gallery Graham Osborne.
Hi Ama

A very nice garden bird it is too. And thank you for your comments about my gallery photos. I am afraid that my success rate in the UK is a bit lower than at Asa Wright and in my Mother-in Law's garden in Arima. It is also a fair bit colder here than in TT at present!

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