Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~18 cm (7 in). The Swainson’s Thrush has gray-brown upperparts and tail. The cheeks are faintly mottled with buff. The throat and breast are light buffy spotted with dusky. The rest of the underparts are pale spotted with dusky. The base of the mandible is yellowish. It has a broad buffy eyering and conspicuous buffy lores. It forages on the ground. It is similar to the Gray-cheeked Thrush but is distinguished by having gray-brown upperparts and buffy eyering and lores.

Status: The Swainson’s Thrush is a common Boreal migrant expected in Peru during the months of September through April. It is widespread in Amazonia and also on the east slope of the Andes up to 3500 m. It also winters in humid and semi-deciduous forests in northwest Peru in Tumbes. The Swainson’s Thrush also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Zorzal de Swainson.

Sub-species: Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus incanus), (Godfrey), 1952.  C & E Alaska and W Canada; non-breeding Colombia and Venezuela S to Peru.
(Catharus ustulatus swainsoni), (Tschudi), 1845.  C & E Canada and N USA; non-breeding South America.
(Catharus ustulatus appalachiensis), Ramos, 1991.  E USA; non-breeding Colombia S to NE Peru.

Meaning of Name: Catharus: Gr. katharos= pure, clean. ustulatus: L. urere= to burn, ustulatus= burnt.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.