Red-breasted Meadowlark / Red-breasted Thrush | Birds for Beer

It is only recently that the species Sturnella militaris was rebaptized in English to become the Red-breasted Meadowlark . In the relatively new edition of The Birds of Costa Rica (Garrigues & Dean), it continues under its former name of Red-breasted Blackbird .

The male Red-breasted Meadowlark is a handsome fellow / The male of Tordo Pechirrojo looks very handsome

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In Spanish, there is confusion also for visitors from Spain, where a "thrush" in general parlance translates to thrush in Britain. However, the European thrushes are termed "thrushes", and not "thrushes", in the Spanish bird guides. For Spanish speakers in the Americas, "tordos" are blackbirds, but the European Blackbird (in English) is a "blackbird" in Spain! Tico birders very sensibly avoid problems with regional nomenclature and tend to use the scientific, Latin name instead of the Spanish.

It is only recently that I have had close-up views of Sturnella militaris . John Beer's photo above shows a male in the (temporarily) abandoned sugar-cane fields at Florence that we were able to approach within a few yards without difficulty. Those fields have been full of this and other seed-eating species for a couple of months now. Costa Rican seed-eaters.

Juvenile female Red-breasted Meadowlark with signature eye-stripe / Juvenile Juvenile female with her typical superciliar line