Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco

Chilean name:  Zorzal negro 
Chiguanco Thrush, Putre, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image


The Chiguanco Thrush is distributed from Ecuador through Peru to western Bolivia, northern Chile and west-central Argentina. It is found in agricultural areas, gardens and light woodland mostly from 1500 metres to 4000 metres but it can be found at sea level in Chile and Peru.

Chiguanco Thrush, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image The nominate race, shown here in photo 1, is browny-grey with yellowish bill and legs and no visible eye-ring. The sub-species T. c. anthracinus from the Antofagasta area (a male is seen here in photo 2) is nearly black with an orange-yellow bill and legs and a narrow yellow ring around the eye. It is possibly a separate species.
There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.
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