Slaty-backed nightingale-thrush

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Slaty-backed nightingale-thrush
Catharus fuscater Santa Elena 1.JPG
In Costa Rica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Catharus
Species: C. fuscater
Binomial name
Catharus fuscater
(Lafresnaye, 1845)

The slaty-backed nightingale-thrush (Catharus fuscater) is a species of bird in the family Turdidae. It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

Widespread but shy and difficult to see, this species inhabits dense thickets and understory of subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Measuring 17 cm (6.7 in), the slaty-backed nightingale-thrush has a dark grey back and head, medium grey throat and belly, and light grey belly. These are contrasted by bright orange legs, bill, and eye ring. The iris is light-coloured, which is distinctive amongst similar nightingale-thrushes. The similar sooty thrush is much larger, lacks the whitish belly, and does not overlap the slaty-backed nightingale-thrush's range.[2][3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Catharus fuscater". 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. 302. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7. 

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