Pale-eyed Thrush (Turdus leucops)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Turdidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. East Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. East Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Abra Patricia, Amazonas

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.2 in). The male Pale-eyed Thrush is jet black with white iris and orange bill and legs. It does not have an orange orbital skin. The female is all brown with lighter brown spotting on the underparts. The iris, bill, and legs are dark. It forages in the canopy of humid montane forests. It is similar to the Glossy-Black Thrush but is distinguished by having a white iris, no orange orbital skin, and by foraging in the canopy.

Status: The Pale-eyed Thrush is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 850-2600 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Zorzal de Ojo Pálido.

Sub-species: Pale-eyed Thrush (Turdus leucops), Taczanowski, 1877.

Meaning of Name: Turdus: L. turdus= thrush. leucops: Gr. leukos= white and ops, opos= face, eye.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.