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Red-legged Thrush

Turdus plumbeus


Red legs, red eye ring, black bib under the bill, and the feathers are compared to lead color, hence the plumbous (latin for lead) in the Latin/scientific name.


Native to the Caribbean, it is found in the Bahamas, Cayman Brac, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico. It was spotted picking through leaves and small branches for nesting material.


I spotted it in Miami (South Pointe Park) on 30 June 2019, making it the 3rd time spotted in the US (the second spotting is in Birdwatching Magazine August 2019 edition). That makes this bird an American Birding Association (ABA) code 5. I was not the first person to spot it. If you also notice the Turdus in the Latin name, you may recognize and compare the silhouette to our American Robin. They are related.

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triggsturner 11 months ago

Belated congrats Robert. lovely spotting.

robert emond
robert emond 12 months ago

I appreciate it Single D

robert emond
robert emond 12 months ago

Thank you Gaia80

Single D
Single D 12 months ago

Congratulations on your SOTW. Great photo.

Gaia80 a year ago

Congrats! :)

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Thank you AntonioGinjaGinja! I appreciate it. What an honor!

Congratulations Robert , your Red-legged Thrush
Turdus plumbeus, has been voted Project Noah’s Spotting of the Week,by the Ranger team!

A red-legged Thrush, Turdus plumbeus,it's our Spotting of the Week! This bird was spotted by Project Noah user robert emond in South Pointe Park, Miami. The red-legged Thrush is a non-migratory bird that lives primarily in the Caribbean - the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominica. As a non-migratory bird, the red-legged Thrush is rarely spotted in the continental United States. This spotting represents one of the few known spottings of this bird in the US. The red-legged Thrush can be viewed as a Caribbean version of the American robin, as both have similar habitats - subtropical/tropical dry forests, lowland forests, montane forests and degraded former forests. These birds mostly eat fruits and insects.



robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Thank you AntónioGinjaGinja for the nomination! This was by far the toughest and most rewarding trip.

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Thank you Ava T-B. It was worth the 22+ hour day to get there and spend time with friends.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago

What an exciting spotting for you!!

robert emond
Spotted by
robert emond

Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2019
Submitted on Jul 1, 2019

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