Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush|
|French||Grive à bec noir|
|French (French Guiana)||Grive à bec noir|
|Russian||Сероголовый соловьиный дрозд|
|Serbian||Crnokljuni slavujasti drozdić|
|Spanish (Costa Rica)||Zorzal Piquinegro|
|Spanish (Panama)||Zorzal Piquinegro|
|Spanish (Spain)||Zorzalito piquinegro|
|Turkish||Kara Gagalı Bülbül Ardıcı|
Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus gracilirostris
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2009
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Highly terrestrial, moving most of the time by hopping in a thrush-like manner, by quick hops until suddenly stopping-still, and then remaining stationary for a few seconds. When foraging, dashes after prey with quick hops. It often flicks wings and cocks its tail, but lowering it slowly. The flights are short and generally slow.
Probably occupying small territories, but no measurements on territory size exists. Banded birds have been seen along consecutive years using the same area (pers. obs.).
The mating system has not been studied. Breeding pairs usually travel and even forage together. Mated males sing even while the female is at the nest, and probably song plays on important role in mate attraction.
Social and interspecific behavior
Mainly solitary, but commonly seen in pairs during the breeding season. Though individuals could be close from one to another without being bothered. Even during the breeding season singing males can be less than 50 m apart.