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Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus


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Hermit Thrush
credit:  Albuttlee/CCSA

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Family: Turdidae, Thrushes view all from this family

Description ADULT Has brown upperparts overall; note rufous panel on primaries. Has a white eyering; white throat is bordered by black lateral line. Underparts are whitish, with yellow wash and black spots on breast; undertail coverts are buffy. JUVENILE Spotted, but first-fall bird resembles adult but has pale tips to wing coverts.

Dimensions Length: 6 1/2 -7 1/2" (17-19 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to coniferous forests; winters from southern U.S. to Central America.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

Range Plains, California, Texas, Eastern Canada, Northwest, Mid-Atlantic, Florida, Great Lakes, Southeast, New England, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Alaska, Western Canada

Voice Song is a series of fluty whistles, with a pause between each phrase; call is a muted tchuck-tchuck.

Discussion Well-marked Catharus thrush. The only member of the genus to winter in our region. Most striking feature is contrast between buffy brown back and more rufous tail. Forages on forest floor for invertebrates; flicks wings and cocks tail. Sexes are similar.