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Photo © by Birdingcraft
Lost and Found Eco-Hostel, Chiriqui, Panama, 2 August 2008
Catharus aurantiirostris


Brownish olive on upperside except for grey head. Underside is mostly grey with darker greyish flanks and breast-band. Bill, eye-ring and legs are orange.

Similar species

Other Nightingale-Thrushes. Black-billed has dark bill and legs and a brownish breast-band. Ruddy-capped has orange on bill limited to lower mandible, dark legs, and has rufous on rear and top of head.


Highlands of northern Mexico to northern Venezuela and Trinidad including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama (only western half), Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. In the USA it has occurred twice in Texas (once at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and once in Edinburg, Texas).



This is a polytypic species[1]. consisting of fourteen subspecies.1.

  • C. a. aenopennis - Highlands of nw Mexico (this is probably the race that occurred in Texas)
  • C. a. aurantiirostris - Mountains of ne Colombia and nw Venezuela
  • C. a. bangsi - Guatemala to El Salvador and Honduras
  • C. a. barbaritoi - Western Venezuela
  • C. a. birchalli - Mountains of ne Venezuela (Sucre) and Trinidad
  • C. a. clarus - North central Mexico
  • C. a. costaricensis - Nicaragua to northwest Costa Rica
  • C. a. griseiceps - Mountains of western Panama
  • C. a. inornatus - Western slope of e Andes of Colombia
  • C. a. insignis - Northern Colombia
  • C. a. melpomene - Southern Mexico
  • C. a. phaeopleurus - Central Colombia
  • C. a. russatus - Mountains of sw Costa Rica and w Panama
  • C. a. sierrae - Santa Marta Mountains in ne Colombia


Forest including edges, clearings with shrub and bushes, and gardens. Mostly found in foothill elevation but occasionally seen almost to sea level.


Lives most of its life on or near the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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