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Alternative names: Golden-crowned Thrush, Golden-crowned Accentor
Sexes similar; young lack the orange crown
North America from northeastern British Columbia east to Newfoundland south to Colorado (scattered), Arkansas, northern Alabama and northern South Carolina. Winters in Florida, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.
There are 3 subspecies1:
An additional subspecies canivirens breeding in southern Appalachia (is not recognized by many authorities.2)
Mature deciduous and mixed forests, especially sites with less undergrowth.
The domed nest resembles a Dutch oven, hence how the bird got its name. The female builds the ground nest from grass; it has a small side entrance. The 4-6 white eggs have irregular reddish-brown spots at the large end. The clutch is incubated for 11-14 days.
The diet includes crickets, ants, spiders, caterpillars, aphids, earthworms, moths, slugs and beetles.
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