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Turdus obsoletus
Photo by PanamaHarpy
La Mesa, El Vallle de Anton, Panama, July, 2011


Mostly warm brown above, slightly duller below, with contrasting white lower belly and vent. Throat slightly streaked dusky and bill brownish-black. Any eye-ring present is indistinct.


Costa Rica, Panama, (Caribbean side of the first two) Colombia, Ecuador (western in these two), and extreme north-west Peru.


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T. o. obsoletus
  • T. o. parambanus
  • T. o. colombianus


Likes humid forest. Mostly at mid elevation but migrates lower in the wet season in e.g., Costa Rica


Use branches for foraging, rarely on the forest floor.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Garrigues and Dean 2007. The birds of Costa Rica - a field guide. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9

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