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Wood Thrush

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Hylocichla mustelina


[edit] Identification

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

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


  • Streaks on back and wings
  • Lighter spots

[edit] Distribution

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

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] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Found in tropical lowland deciduous, mixed forests, flooded evergreen forests and gallery forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Forages in forest leaf litter looking for many different species of insects and beetles. Also eats fruit and berries.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: ethereal, flutelike Ee-oh-lay repeated several times, with slight variations. Call - A rapid pit-pit-pit; Nocturnal flight call, heeh.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)

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