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Photo by SueO
Hualtulco, Oaxaca, Mexico, December 2013

Alternative name: Rufous-backed Thrush

Turdus rufopalliatus

Includes Grayson's Thrush


Colors mainly rufous and grey, with white throat streaked black.


Subspecies graysoni is much less contrasty than the main form.


Most likely subspecies graysoni
Photo by blubird
San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico, March 2008

Western Mexico


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T. r. rufopalliatus
  • T. r. graysoni

The subspecies graysoni is sometimes split as Grayson's Thrush.


Dry to semihumid forests, edges, gardens.


Often on the ground, sometimes in bushes and trees but even then more frequently low.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Howell & Webb, 1995. A guide to the birds of Mexico and northern Central America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198540124

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