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Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Raul Padilla
Tutotepec, Mexico, May 2010
Catharus mexicanus


Male: upperside brownish grey to brownish olive, underside pale, upper half of head black with narrow orange eyering around dark eye. Bill orange and legs more yellow.
Female: as male but with browner crown.

Similar Species

When comparing with Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, notice the pale eye on the latter.


Central America: found in Northeastern Mexico south to western Panama.

Accidental vagrant to the United States in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas (1 record).



This is a polytypic species. consisting of three subspecies:

  • C. m. mexicanus:
  • Mountains of eastern Mexico (Tamaulipas to Veracruz and western Chiapas)
  • C. m. cantator:
  • C. m. fumosus:


Cloud Forest and other wet forest mostly at foothill elevation.


More often heard than seen. Spends most of its time at the forest floor.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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