Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

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  • Varied Thrush |  Photo: Roy W. Lowe, USFWS
  • Varied Thrush |  Photo: Roy W. Lowe, USFWS
  • Varied Thrush |  Photo: Roy W. Lowe, USFWS
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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Turdidae

Size

Varied Thrushes are generally between 7.4 and 10.25 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 4.75 years

Weight

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) facts, habitat, range, thrush pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the song bird.

Diet

Omnivore

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Winter California Coast. Summer Alaska. Year round Pacific Northwest.

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

2–5 Eggs

Egg Description

Light Blue, sometimes with dark brown spots.

Condition at Hatching

Eyes closed, mostly naked, patches of gray down

Social Status

Solitary, Flocks

Wingspan

13.25–15.25 in

Observation Tips

Look for Varied Thrushes along trails running through the dense evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest.

What does the Varied Thrush look like?

Varied Thrushes are large striking songbirds. They have rounded heads and straight black bills. Their upper bodies are dark gray and have orange barring on the wings. A bold dark band along their rusty orange chests easily distinguishes them. They have black heads with orange striping above the eye. Females are slightly browner and duller in color.

Varied Thrush Habitat

Forests

Varied Thrush Facts

Varied Thrushes are beautiful songbirds of the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest. They tend to be shy, thus are often heard well before being observed. Their song is a haunting single pitch that lasts just a few seconds. It's been called the perfect sound for the quiet and dreary northwest forests.

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