Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
Black-billed Thrush, Palmarí, near Tabatinga, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image Brazil and Colombia

The Black-billed Thrush is distributed in west and central Amazonia and along the foothills of the Andes and into the Cauca and Magdalena valleys of Colombia. See the distribution map at NatureServe.

Black-billed Thrush, Los Cerritos, near Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image It is found in semi-open areas such as clearings and, when I lived in the Cauca Valley, Colombia, it was very common in our garden so I was delighted to see it again in the garden of a good friend when I visited him in 2012 (photos 2 and 3).

It has a dark bill and is otherwise lacking in obvious field marks. The Amazonian sub-species T. i. debilis (photo 1) has a whitish patch on the upper chest and fades to white on the belly and crissum below a grey-brown breast. The nominate race, seen here in photos 2 and 3, is browner.

Black-billed Thrush, Los Cerritos, near Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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