Swainson's Thrush

Catharus ustulatus

Description 3

This species is 16–20 cm (6.3–7.9 in) in length. The wingspan averages at 30 cm (12 in) and the wing chord is 8.7–10.5 cm (3.4–4.1 in). The bill measures 1.5–1.9 cm (0.59–0.75 in) in length and the tarsus is 2.5 to 3.1 cm (0.98 to 1.22 in) long. This species' body mass can range from 23 to 45 g (0.81 to 1.59 oz). This thrush has the white-dark-white underwing pattern characteristic of Catharus thrushes. Adults are brown on the upperparts. The underparts are white with brown on the flanks; the breast is lighter brown with darker spots. They have pink legs and a light brown eye ring. Birds in the east are more olive-brown on the upperparts; western birds are more reddish-brown. This bird's song is a hurried series of flute-like tones spiralling upwards.

Diet 3

They forage on the forest floor, also in trees. Swainson's thrushes mainly eat insects, fruits and berries. They make a cup nest on a horizontal tree branch.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Minette Layne, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.flickr.com/photos/7232133@N08/2889053668
  2. (c) Matt Reinbold from Bismarck, ND, USA, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/35/Catharus_ustulatus_-North_Dakota-8a.jpg/460px-Catharus_ustulatus_-North_Dakota-8a.jpg
  3. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swainson's_thrush

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Animal Bird
Color grey, white
Bird Turdidae (thrushes)