White-throated thrush

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White-throated thrush
Mirlo Garganta Blanca, White Throated Thrush, Turdus assimilis (13362733943).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
T. assimilis
Binomial name
Turdus assimilis
Cabanis, 1850

The white-throated thrush (Turdus assimilis) is a species of bird in the family Turdidae. It is found in Mexico and Central America, ranging south to central Panama.[2] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is common in its range and an extremely rare vagrant into Texas and Arizona; 3 sightings have been recorded (1990 and 1998 in Texas and 2019 in Arizona).[3][4]

There are 13 subspecies, and the Dagua thrush (East Panama and South America) and white-necked thrush (South America) have sometimes also been included as subspecies.[2]

This species has been referred to in some literature as "white-throated robin." However, that name is now more usually applied to the European species Irania gutturalis.


The white-throated thrush measures about 23 cm (9.1 in).[5] It features a distinctive black and white streaked throat bounded by a solid white crescent. Breast is light gray to gray-brown, back is dark gray to gray-brown. It also has bold yellow eyerings, bill and feet.[6]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Turdus assimilis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Collar, N. J. (2005). White-throated Thrush (Turdus assimilis). Pp. 663 in: del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; & Christie, D. A. eds. (2005). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 10. Cuckoo-shrikes to Thrushes. Lynx Edicion, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-72-5
  3. ^ "White-throated Thrush". Texasbirds.org. Texas Ornithological Society. 1997. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  4. ^ "White-throated Thrush". www.azfo.org. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. ^ Garrigues, Richard; Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9.
  6. ^ Angehr, George R.; Dean, Robert (2010). The Birds of Panama. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7.

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