Wood Thrush

The brown-headed cowbird is in part to blame for the declining numbers of this species. While some songbirds expel cowbird eggs laid in their nests, the Wood Thrush raises the babies, a practice that endangers the survival of its own.

Wood Thrush

George Harrison Wood Thrush and nestlings

Scientific Name: Hylocichla mustelina.
Family: Thrush.
Length: 7-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 13 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Potbellied bird with bright reddish crown and neck, white eye ring and a bold black-spotted breast.
Nest: The nest is built in the crotch of a tree or a shrub and made with grasses and mud; female lays three or four aqua eggs.
Voice: Tranquil, peaceful liquid song. Sounds like “Ger-al-deeeeen.”
Diet: Insects and a wide range of fruits and berries.
Backyard Favorites: Feeders with fruit or bird cakes made with cornmeal, peanut butter and suet.

Listen to the Wood Thrush’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

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Wood Thrush

George Harrison Wood Thrush and nestlings

Scientific Name: Hylocichla mustelina.
Family: Thrush.
Length: 7-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 13 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Potbellied bird with bright reddish crown and neck, white eye ring and a bold black-spotted breast.
Nest: The nest is built in the crotch of a tree or a shrub and made with grasses and mud; female lays three or four aqua eggs.
Voice: Tranquil, peaceful liquid song. Sounds like “Ger-al-deeeeen.”
Diet: Insects and a wide range of fruits and berries.
Backyard Favorites: Feeders with fruit or bird cakes made with cornmeal, peanut butter and suet.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Wood Thrush’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

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