An unexpected sighting of this species was made by Oliver
Komar, when he saw a female feeding on the fruits of Ficus
in a forest at El Picacho in San Salvador, El Salvador (at
an altitude of 1,750m). He watched it through a telescope
for about half an hour as it fed with a number of other thrush
species and several tanagers. This species is an endemic of
Mexico north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. It is generally
considered to be a resident on its breeding grounds, but there
are records from Texas and Arizona in the USA, which shows
that that they do make at least some seasonal movements. Howell
and Webb also comment on a number of sightings from north-east
Mexico that have all been made in the winter months, so could
represent a wintering area, or could be a resident population
that has not been seen yet in the summer. This is the first
record for Central America. This species is sometimes placed
in the genus Zoothera.
Komar, O. (2001) Contribuciones a la avifauna de El Salvador.
Cotinga 16: 40-45.