Veery - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image Veery - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image Veery - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image Veery - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image  
Click on an image (if available) to see a larger version

Mountain Nature Network has become THE place for learning about the birds of the Canadian Rockies.

Veery
Catharus fuscescens

Kinglets, Bluebirds and Thrushes
Thrush Family (Turdidae)

Size: Length: 19.5 cm

Description: Extremely rare in the mountains, the veery is a small, dark-backed thrush. The forehead, crown, nape, back, tail and wings are all deep brown. The throat is white, with lightly spotted with dark brown. The breast and belly are white. It can be distinguished from Swainson's thrush by its lack of an eye-ring, and line joining the base of the bill to the eye-ring. Also, Swainson's have olive-green upper parts. The veery's lack of a rusty rump and tail distinguishes it from the similar hermit thrush. They prefer open deciduous or mixed forests where they nest on or near the ground. Their nest is commonly parasitized by the brown-headed cowbird. They feed on insects, usually scraping the litter with their bill to find tasty treats. They also do a limited amount of aerial fly catching. The call is a rolling series of tones, a musical "da-vee-ur, vee-ur, vee-ur, veer, veer".

Similar Species: 

Range: 

Habitat: 

Diet: 

Nesting: 

Search for recent Veery sightings

Hire an expert guide to help you locate Veery

Bird watching in the Canadian Rockies offers endless opportunities for seeing new species. Mountain Nature Network is your source for birding and bird biology.


All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

Birds by Common Name:

 

Birds Listed by Latin Name: