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La Selle Thrush - BirdForum Opus

Turdus swalesi
Photo by caribemotion
Location: Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic


Dark grey on upperside and around head, gradually mixing to reddish brown on lower breast. White streaks in the throat area.


Dominican Republic and Haiti


Two subspecies are recognized:

  • T. s. dodae
  • T. s. swalesi


Moist forest including pine forest on mountains, and also under low, dense vegetation


Mostly feeds on the ground. Active at dawn and dusk, but low activity mid day (Crepuscular).

Song is described as similar to Red-legged Thrush; however, this second species should regularly include a sharp pit or wit sound missing in song of La Selle Thrush.


  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. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054
  3. Clement and Hathway (with C. Byers, J. Wilczur). 2000. The Thrushes (Helm Identification Guides). Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd. London. ISBN 978-0713639407

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