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Aztec Thrush

Ridgwayia pinicola

An uncommon resident of mountain pine forests of Mexico. Quiet and shy, it is easily overlooked despite its striking pattern. Aztec Thrush was never found in our area until the late 1970s, but in recent years one or two have shown up almost annually in mountains near the Mexican border, especially in late summer in southeastern Arizona.
Family Thrushes
An uncommon resident of mountain pine forests of Mexico. Quiet and shy, it is easily overlooked despite its striking pattern. Aztec Thrush was never found in our area until the late 1970s, but in recent years one or two have shown up almost annually in mountains near the Mexican border, especially in late summer in southeastern Arizona.
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A whining “wheerr”, both as call and (louder, repeated) as song.
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