Thrushes (Turdidae)

Orange-billed Nightingale-thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris) - HBW 10, p. 700

French: Grive à bec orange German: Goldschnabel-Musendrossel Spanish: Zorzalito Piquigualda
Other common names: Grey-headed Nightingale-thrush (griseiceps/phaeopleurus)

Taxonomy: Turdus aurantiirostris Hartlaub, 1850, Caracas, Venezuela.
Grey-headed races griseiceps and phaeopleurus sometimes considered to represent a separate species. Race sierrae sometimes merged into nominate. Described races aenopennis (from N Sinaloa and SW Chihuahua, in Mexico), bangsi (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala) and russatus (mountains of SW Costa Rica and W Panama) synonymized with, respectively, clarus, melpomene and griseiceps. Eleven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • clarus Jouy, 1894 - NW & NC Mexico.
  • melpomene (Cabanis, 1850) - C & S Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and NW Nicaragua.
  • costaricensis Hellmayr, 1902 - Costa Rica.

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  • clarus Jouy, 1894 - NW & NC Mexico.
  • melpomene (Cabanis, 1850) - C & S Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and NW Nicaragua.
  • costaricensis Hellmayr, 1902 - Costa Rica.
  • griseiceps Salvin, 1866 - SW Costa Rica and W & C Panama.
  • phaeopleurus P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876 - W Colombia.
  • sierrae Hellmayr, 1919 - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in N Colombia.
  • aurantiirostris (Hartlaub, 1850) - NE Colombia and W Venezuela.
  • barbaritoi Aveledo & Ginés, 1952 - Perijá Mts, in NW Venezuela.
  • birchalli Seebohm, 1881 - NE Venezuela and Trinidad.
  • inornatus J. T. Zimmer, 1944 - W slope of E Andes of Colombia (Santander).
  • insignis J. T. Zimmer, 1944 - E slope of Andes of Colombia.