Monday, April 21, 2008

Rufous-bellied Thrush

On my last day in Sao Paulo before heading to the airport and home, I went back to the small park near my hotel to try once again (and not very successfully) to get a good shot of a Rufous-bellied Thrush. The Portuguese name is Sabia-laranjeira. Most sources I checked on the internet say that this bird became the national bird of Brazil in 2002, although at least one source names the Golden Parakeet as the national bird. At any rate, the thrush doesn't seem to care about that, and continues to sing its beautiful song in shadowy forests throughout a large area of eastern South America. A recording of the song can be heard at


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