Birds of Colombia

Black-billed thrushes emit melodious musical notes
La Mirla ollera es de un canto agradable

Turdus ignobilis

The black-billed thrush is native to the Amazon basin. It measures an average of 22 cm (8.7 in) of length. It occurs in a variety of lowland habitats such as tropical and subtropical shrublands, humid forest borders, clearings, woodlands, plantations, and even gardens. Its range reaches up to foothills of less than 2800 m (9200 ft) of altitude. A conspicuous bird. Its throat is whitish streaked with black. The underparts are gray brown with a whitish patch on the upper chest that extends to the belly where it shows a white patch. Its bill is black. Males and females are alike. Thrushes are arboreal and they forage for food on the ground. It feeds on earthworms, snails, caterpillars and many types of insects. It also takes fruit for food. This thrush tends to live alone. The cup-shaped nests are built by both the male and the female. The nest is made of plant material and are lined with mud for consistency. The clutch size consists or 2 to 5 blue eggs with brown blotches. It produces a series of melodious musical notes.

La Mirla Ollera mide alrededor de 24 cm. Ave conspicua y solitaria. Nativa de la región amazónica. Habitante de piedemontes menores de 2800 m de las cordilleras occidental y oriental. Prefiere zonas abiertas con árboles o matorrales, además de parques y jardines. Su plumaje es generalmente de color café-grisáceo claro a opaco. Su parte superior es marrón oscuro turbio con tono café-oliva opaco. Su garganta presenta un plumaje blanco con estrías de tono negro. El pecho con pluma café oliva pálido a blanco. Su parte inferior es blancuzca y su región abdominal presenta un parche blanco. De pico negro e infracaudales blancas. Se alimenta de semillas, frutos, lombrices de tierra e insectos que captura generalmente caminando en suelo. Viven en parejas y son muy tímidas. Los nidos tienen forma de taza y son construidos por el macho y la hembra usando material vegetal y a veces un poco de barro. La postura consiste de 2 a 5 huevos de color azul y tonos marron oscuro. De canto agradable.

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