Aztec Thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola), Aliso Spring, Santa Rita Mtns., Pima County
This Aztec Thrush was
found and photographed by Laurens Halsey and by John
Groves on 13 June 2016.
A rare visitor to the middle elevations of the
mountains of SE Arizona where it often wanders widely in
search of fruit. It has become increasingly regular in
the last few years and has occurred almost annually
since 2005, most often in the late summer and early fall
when ripe fruits are most available. There are 23
previously accepted records with 3 others pending, but
several of those are of multiple individuals. Casual in
spring with three prior spring records. These numbers do
not include a previous report from the Santa Rita
Mountains this spring, which was a different bird based
on different patterns of white in the wing and tail,
face pattern, and leg color. If accepted by the ABC,
this will be the first record in Pima County.
The striking black and white pattern on the wings, visible both in flight and while perched, is a good indicator of the species combined with brown hood, back, and tail (with white tip), white underparts, and robin-like bill.
13 June 2016, photo by Laurens Halsey
13 June 2016, photo by John GrovesAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 13 June 2016