Clay-colored robin in Cala lodge

The Costa Rican National Bird is the Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi), also known as the Mirlo Pardo or Yigüirro in Spanish. Except for its coloration, a Clay-colored Robin is quite similar to an American Robin (Turdus migratorius), and it can best be identified by its solid brown plumage, yellow bill, and red-brown eyes.

With so many colorful tropical birds to choose from, I was surprised that this rather drab bird was chosen as the national bird, that is until I heard their rich, melodious singing. With their springtime songs, Clay-colored Robins are said to call in the rains at the start of Costa Rica’s rainy season which begins in May. These vocal birds also have a variety of other calls, including a weirdly kitten-like mewling near their nests

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