Wood Thrush

Hylocichla mustelina

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  • Wood Thrush |  Photo: Cheepshot
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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Turdidae

Size

Wood Thrushes are generally between 7.5 and 8.3 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 8.5 years

Weight

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) facts, habitat, range, thrush pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Insectivore

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Migratory: Eastern U.S.

Nest Placement

Trees

Number of Offspring

3-4 Eggs

Egg Description

Clean Turquoise-green

Condition at Hatching

Helpless, eyes closed, streaks of gray down

Social Status

Solitary

Wingspan

11.7-13.5 in

Observation Tips

Keep an eye peeled along trails running through forests

What does the Wood Thrush look like?

Wood Thrushes have a cinnamon-brown crown and name, dull olive-brown backs, wings and tails. Their breast and undercarriage is white with large dark brown spots. They have dull white rings around their eyes, pinkish legs and a dark brown bill. Males and females look similar and are roughly the same size.

Wood Thrush Habitat

Forests

Wood Thrush Facts

Wood Thrushes are generally solitary medium sized songbirds of the eastern U.S. forests. Their numbers are declining partly to nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds, which often lay their eggs in other birds nests. While many species refuse to raise Cowbird young, Wood Thrushes raise them as their own. To see one in the wild, listen for the flute-like ee-oh-lay song then try and spot them in the trees!

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