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Wood Thrush

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Hylocichla mustelina
Photo by kegressyPhoto taken: Point Pelee, USA.
Photo by kegressy
Photo taken: Point Pelee, USA.


[edit] Identification

L. 19-21 cm (7-8")

  • Chestnut-brown upper-parts
  • White belly with large, dark brown spots
  • White ring around dark eye
  • Pink legs


  • Streaks on back and wings and
  • Lighter spots

The Wood Thrush is declining in many areas in North America due to forest fragmentation. The species is being studied in Cornell University’s project, Birds in Forested Landscapes. It is also listed on the Audubon’s Watchlist.

[edit] Distribution

Breeding - Eastern North America. Non-breeding - The lowlands of Central America.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Habitat

Found in deciduous and mixed forests, often near water.

[edit] Behaviour

  • Diet: Forages in forest leaf litter looking for many different species of insects and beetles. Also eats fruit and berries.
  • Song: Ethereal, flutelike Ee-oh-lay repeated several times, with slight variations.
  • Call - A rapid pit-pit-pit; Nocturnal flight call, heeh.

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