Rufous-bellied Thrushes can reach a length of 25 cm and weigh up to 68 g (male) or 78 g (female).The females are however not not larger than males, they are only plumper. This species is named after its distinctive reddish-orange underparts.
Habitat and Distribution
The Rufous-bellied Thrush occurs in most of east and southeast Brazil from Maranh to o south to Rio Grande do Sul states, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern regions of Argentina. The bird is found in forests and urban wooded areas.
It is omnivorous, eating mainly fruits and arthropods. It can also be seen attending mixed species feeding flocks.
Breeding starts in November to December. Rufous-bellied Thrushes build an open-cup nest, sometimes right on the forest floor, or more than 20 meters high in a tree, but usually 4 to 5 meters above ground. Usually two eggs are laid, which measure about 27-28 by 20 mm. They are incubated for 12 to 13 days.
Calls and Songs