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Photo by Raul Padilla
Acaxochitlan, Mexico, june 2011
Catharus occidentalis



Endemic to Mexico.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. o. olivascens:
  • Mountains of north-western Mexico (extreme southern Sonora, northern Sinaloa, western Chihuahua
Photo by Manuel Grossele
Oaxaca, Mexico
  • C. o. lambi:
  • Central Mexico, from Durango south to northwestern Jalisco, and from southeastern Coahuila and southwestern Tamaulipas south to northeastern Guanajuato and northwestern Puebla
  • C. o. fulvescens:
  • South central Mexico, from southern Jalisco east to Hidalgo and south to Guerrero and east central Puebla
  • C. o. occidentalis:
  • Central and eastern Oaxaca, Mexico


Lives in mixed forest in the higlands of center Mexico, Oak-Pine-Abies, in the understory



Song is varied, thin phrases with tinny quality, not particularly musical she-vee-ee-i-lu or chee ti-vee, etc., sometimes repeated in fairly rapid succession.
Calls: a quiet, low, slightly gruff chuk or chruh, and a nasal, mewing reear


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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