Aztec thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola)
Aztec Thrush Ridgwayia pinicola (syn. Zoothera pinicola). This bird was glued to this branch for about 30 minutes. I digiscoped this indvidual in Madera Canyon, Arizona, USA on 28 July 2006. These birds stage occasional invasions into the mountain canyons of southeast Arizona. The summer of 2006 was a good year.
Date 4 August 2006, 13:56
Source Aztec Thrush http://www.flickr.com/photos/72712359@N00/206735130/
Author Brennan Mulrooney from Spring Valley, CA, USA http://www.flickr.com/people/72712359@N00
The Aztec thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola) is a species of bird in the family Turdidae. It is found mainly in Mexico, but vagrants are occasionally seen in the United States. Its natural habitat is montane forests. It is a least-concern species in the IUCN Red List. The species was described as Turdus pinicola by Philip Sclater in 1859. In 1882, Leonhard Stejneger moved the species into its own genus, Ridgwayia. The genus name honors ornithologist Robert Ridgway. It is also placed in the genus Zoothera. Two subspecies are recognized: R. p. maternalis found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, and R. p. pinicola in southwestern Mexico. Order: Passeriformes, Suborder: Passeri, Family: Turdidae, Genus: Ridgwayia, Species: Ridgwayia pinicola (PL Sclater, 1859)