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Wildlife Costa Rica – 8 Reasons to Love Clay Colored Robins


The Clay-colored Robin is a small common Middle American bird. In Costa Rica it can be easily found in Manuel Antonio National Park and Cahuita National Park. They are also known for “calling the rain”, find out why.


1. Clay-colored Robins from humid regions are darker than those from dry regions.

2. The plumage is brownish, somewhat lighter below than above, lightest on the flanks.

3. Male and female are about the same length although some females might be smaller. They can be 23–27 cm.

4. In 1977, the Costa Rican Government chose the clay-colored robin as a national symbol due to its strong and melodious song. It is also known as yigirro.


5. Currently, the conservation rating for the Clay-colored Robin is Least Concern.

6. The female lays 2 to 4 pale blue eggs with red-brown and gray markings. During this time she gets aggressive in defense of her nest, otherwise they are not territorial.

7. Just before the rainy season males sing nonstop to let others know that the territory is taken, that is why some people say that they are calling the rain. When he has established its territory it will fight anything that comes close, even squirrels.

8. Their mating season is between March and July and may.

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