Forest thrush

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Forest thrush
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: T. lherminieri
Binomial name
Turdus lherminieri
(Lafresnaye, 1844)
Synonyms
  • Cichlherminia lherminieri

The forest thrush (Turdus lherminieri) is a species of bird in the family Turdidae. It was historically the sole species within the genus Cichlherminia,[2] however the AOU reclassified the species to the genus Turdus in 2009.

This is a medium-sized thrush at 25–27 cm long and weighing 100–110 g.[3] Like many thrushes, the forest thrush has brown upperparts with pale underparts showing a scaly pattern of coloration. However, for a thrush it has an unusually wide band of bare skin around each eye. It is endemic to the Lesser Antilles, an island group in the Caribbean. It can be found, though uncommon to rare, on Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, and Saint Lucia. Its natural habitat is tropical moist mountain forest.

Two subspecies occur: the Montserrat race and the Dominica race, distinguished by the amount of scaling on the breast. The Dominica race has a white belly and scaled breast, the Montserrat race has scaling all the way from the breast through the upper belly.[4]

It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Turdus lherminieri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Thomas M. Brooks; John D. Pilgrim; Ana S. L. Rodrigues & Gustavo A. B. Da Fonseca (2005). "Conservation status and geographic distribution of avian evolutionary history". In Andy Purvis; John L. Gittleman & Thomas Brooks. Phylogeny and Conservation. Conservation Biology. 8. Cambridge University Press. pp. 267–294. ISBN 978-0-521-82502-3. 
  3. ^ Birdlife International Species Factsheet
  4. ^ Garrido, Orlando; Keith, Allan; Raffaele, Herbert; Raffaele, Janis; Wiley, James (2003). Birds of the West Indies. Princeton University Press. pp. 142–143. ISBN 0-691-11319-X.