AppearanceThe spectacled thrush is 23–24 cm long and weighs 60 g. It is plain olive-brown above and paler brown below. The throat is brown-streaked off-white, and the lower belly is whitish. It has a prominent yellow eye ring which gives rise to its English and scientific names.
There are two poorly defined subspecies, differing mainly in the darkness of the plumage. Sexes are similar, but young birds are flecked above and spotted below, and have a thinner eye ring.
The song is a musical warble, slower and lower pitched than that of the cocoa thrush, and it also produces a cat-like ''queeoow'' call and, when uncomfortable, emits a ''kereel''.
NamingThe similar but allopatric Ecuadorian thrush was formerly considered a subspecies of the bare-eyed thrush and named ''T. n. maculirostris''; it is now normally separated as a good species ''T. maculirostris''. It has a narrower eyering and is only found in forest and woodland in western Ecuador and northwestern Peru.
HabitatThe habitat of this large thrush is open woodland, forest clearings and cultivation. The bare-eyed thrush mainly feeds on or near the ground on fruit, berries and some insects and earthworms. It is a shy species, but on Trinidad and Tobago it is much tamer, and will come to feeders and take food from tables.
The nest is a lined bulky cup of twigs low in a tree. The two to three reddish-blotched deep-blue eggs are incubated by the female alone.
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