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Swainson's Thrush
Catharus ustulatus

Kinglets, Bluebirds and Thrushes
Thrush Family (Turdidae)

Size: Length: 16.5-19.5 cm

Description: This common thrush has olive-brown upper body, with a white breast heavily spotted with deep brown. It has a white eye-ring, and a light line linking the ring to the base of the bill. The sides also show some olive colouration. The eye-ring and olive-brown colour distinguishes it from the less common veery. The hermit thrush has a rusty rump and tail. The call is a rolling series of notes: "whip-poor-will-a-will-e-zee-zee-tee". They prefer a mixture of deciduous and coniferous woods. They usually nest in a low conifer, building a cup-like nest of twigs, grass, leaves and other local materials. They are an uncommon host for brown-headed cowbirds. Unlike the similar hermit thrush, the Swainson's thrush feeds high in the trees, picking ants, beetles, caterpillars, and flies. They are also fond of berries.

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