- 6.7–7.1 in
- 11–11.4 in
- 1–1.9 oz
- Grive fauve (French)
- Tordo rojizo (Spanish)
- Long thought to winter across the northern third of South America, but a recent study indicated that, in fact, the wintering grounds of the Veery are restricted to central and southern Brazil.
- A study of migration using radio telemetry showed that the Veery can fly up to 285 km (160 mi) in one night, and that it can fly at altitudes above 2,000 m (1.2 mi).
Breeds in damp, deciduous forests and riparian habitats. Prefers disturbed forest with denser understory. Also in shrubby habitats with small trees.
Insects and other arthropods, fruit.
- Clutch Size
- 1–5 eggs
- Egg Description
- Pale greenish blue, only rarely spotted.
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless with some sparse down.
Nest a cup of dead leaves, grapevine bark, weed stems, and wet, mud-like leaf mold, lined with fine rootlets and fibers. Placed on ground, at base of or slightly up in small trees.
Forages mostly on ground, some flycatching. Flips over dead leaves.
Slow decline throughout range.
- Moskoff, W. 1995. Veery (Catharus fuscescens). In The Birds of North America, No. 142 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
- Remsen, J. V., Jr. 2001. True winter range of the Veery (Catharus fuscescens): lessons for determining winter ranges of species that winter in the tropics. Auk 118: 838-848.