Small, thin thrush with a round belly. Adult males have a uniquely marked blue and orange throat. Flashes orange upper tail feathers in flight.
Small thrush with an upright posture. Females have a ghosting of the male's throat pattern—a faint orange and blue band below the throat. Brown above with thick white eyebrow.
Sings a large array of vocalizations and often mimics the songs of other species. Typically sings from a low perch or during flight.
Immature birds have a white throat with dark spots or streaks across the breast and a whitish eyebrow. In flight, note orange base on tail.
Adult males have an unmistakable blue and orange throat.
Juveniles are heavily streaked above and below with orange upper tail feathers.
Small, slim thrush with an upright posture. Immatures birds are brown above with a white throat bordered by dark markings. Note orange upper tail feathers.
- Small songbird.
- Gray back.
- White belly.
- Chestnut patch at base of tail.
- Male has blue throat with red center, female has white throat with a blue band across the bottom.
- Skulks in shrubs.
Male DescriptionBreeding (Alternate) Plumage: Grayish brown upperparts and whitish underparts with bright blue bib (chin and throat) with bar or rounded triangular rufous patch in center. Bib bordered below by narrow black-and-white band and broad rufous band.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Similar except colorful markings on chin, throat, and breast are obscured by pale feather-tips.
Female DescriptionWhitish throat bordered below by necklace of dark streaks and spots, dark lateral throat-stripe, and white moustache stripe. Some females have limited blue and rufous markings on throat and breast.
Immature DescriptionJuvenile blackish with many buff spots on back, buff with dark brown spots on underparts, giving a scaly look. Immature similar to adult of same sex, but less well marked.
Relative Sizesparrow-sized or smaller
- Both Sexes
- Length: 5.5 in (14 cm)
- Weight: 0.5-0.8 oz (15-22 g)
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