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Catharus thrushes

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Gray-cheeked Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Catharus
Bonaparte, 1850
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Catharus is a genus of birds in the thrush family Turdidae. It comprises the small, mostly insectivorous or omnivorous thrushes of North America and the nightingale-thrushes of Central and South America

These are mainly forest birds with large eyes, straight slim bills and fluty voices.

This is a typical New World thrush genus, although representatives of other genera, such as the true thrushes, Turdus also occur, especially in Central and South America.

The species are:

  • Veery, Catharus fuscescens
    Gray-cheeked Thrush, Catharus minimus
    Bicknell's Thrush, Catharus bicknelli
    Swainson's Thrush, Catharus ustulatus
    Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus
    Orange-billed Nightingale-thrush, Catharus aurantiirostris
    Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush, Catharus fuscater
    Russet Nightingale-thrush, Catharus occidentalis
    Black-billed Nightingale-thrush, Catharus gracilirostris
    Ruddy-capped Nightingale-thrush, Catharus frantzii
    Black-headed Nightingale-thrush, Catharus mexicanus
    Spotted Nightingale-thrush, Catharus dryas


  • Stiles and Skutch, A guide to the birds of Costa Rica ISBN 0-8014-9600-4

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