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Thrush ID help in Waterloo Ontario (1 Viewer)

I took two pictures today of thrush that were chasing each other around. I originally thought they were both Hermit Thrush, but when I got home and had a better look at the pictures, I'm thinking one is maybe a Gray-cheeked Thrush? There's a lack of eye ring, and is maybe a darker colour overall. (Could just have been the lighting) The first picture is the bird in question. The second one is the Hermit Thrush for comparison. Let me know what you think. Thanks.


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Jeff Hopkins

Just another...observer
United States
I think it's a Hermit Thrush of one of the paler subspecies. I think the rufous tones in the wings make it Hermit, because Gray-cheeked doesn't have that.

Of course, I'm perfectly willing to be proved wrong.


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Bicknell’s Thrush can show rufous tones in both wing and tail, and I realize that rarity and range make that a long shot. It appears to be a young bird based on the pale tips to its wing coverts. Hermit has buffy flanks compared to Bicknell’s/Gray-cheeked grayish flanks.

Interesting bird, indeed.

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