Clay Colored Robin….Zorzal
Long has been the time since I wanted to write up this article about a bird that´s as common as sunshine in Honduras……Up to this day it surprises me how birders (Americans mostly) get all worked up about this little bird, at first I thought “Oh well, maybe they are very enthusiastic bout birds”……but one day I was studying its distribution and I noticed that there arent a lot of CCRO (Sounds a lot like Creedence Clearwater Revival…good band) up in the states, and I felt kind of sad because even though its a plain dull brown bird it sings quite melodiously and is easy to watch and all……..
Then I thought maybe its like if I went up to Alaska id get all worked up watching the dumpster chickens aka Bald Eagles (dumpster chicken is such a horrible name for such a magnificent bird….Alaskans must have their reasons though)
In Honduras you can find CCRO´s practically everywhere….and I mean everywhere, then again, not everywhere because youll find em more where there´s people….just like the house sparrow.
On the northern part of the country theres a city called San Pedro Sula and it is referred as “La Ciudad de los Zorzales” (The city of Clay Colored Robins) because once upon a time the bird was very abundant, and it still is abundant but a couple of months ago I went up there and only saw a few CCRO´s and a whole bunch of GTGR (Zanate for us Hondurans) and I mean hundreds of em!.
Anyhow I wake up every morning at 4:30 (AM that is) listening to the CCRO´s giving their early day concert and fighting off other birds such as white winged doves, rock doves or practically anything that sits to rest on their perch……In fact, CCRO´s are so easily annoyed that if you whistle their song chances are theyll come and check you out…..cool bird my friends….cool bird zero tolerance on BS!
Now…getting serious, The CCRO or Turdus grayi can be found from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas all the way down to Colombia, the bird prefers semi open areas, gardens and suburban areas.
Their beak is something like a Swiss Army Knife because CCRO´s eat a lot of things from seeds, bread, caterpillars, insects, reptiles, Chinnese food, Coke Regular not diet (Ive seen them eating and drinking it!!!) and fruits and berries….
They are particularly fond of the flowers of Ficus sebastiana which are much in appearence a fruit but they are really a flower (Type of inflorescence that encapsules the stamens and pistils in a cup shaped…thing…..in spanish the flower is called sicono, but my botany in english isnt that wonderful)…..this ficus tree is very abundant in Honduras and chances are that where there are Ficus youll find CCRO´s and GTGR.
Come to Honduras and check out our Robins we have a bunch of them!……Black Robin. Mountain Robin, White Thorated Robin, Rufous Collared Robin and off course the Clay Colored Robin….Oh yeah we have Thrushes also 😀