Orange-billed nightingale-thrush

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Orange-billed nightingale-thrush
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, La Concordia, Mexico (17001712972).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Catharus
Species: C. aurantiirostris
Binomial name
Catharus aurantiirostris
(Hartlaub, 1850)

The orange-billed nightingale-thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris) is a species of bird in the family Turdidae. It is found in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and heavily degraded former forest.

Measuring 14 cm (5.5 in) long, this nightingale-thrush has a bright orange bill, eye ring, and legs. Northern birds have a brown back and cap, and a whitish chest and belly. Southern birds have a distinctive grey crown and darker chest and flanks.[2][3]

It is fairly common within its range. It forages on the ground for insects and fruit.

The song is a less musical than other thrushes. It consists of a nasal, slurred whaaaaa.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Catharus aurantiirostris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Garrigues, Richard & Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9.
  3. ^ Angehr, George R. & Dean, Robert (2010). The Birds of Panama. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 300. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7.
  4. ^ Soberanes-González, C.; Rodríguez-Flores, C.; Arizmendi, M.C. (2010). Schulenberg, T.S., ed. "Overview – Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris)". Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca, NY, US: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 18 July 2014.

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