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Merlin Bird ID

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    Veery Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Veeries are medium-sized thrushes—smaller than an American Robin but similar in shape. They have a plump body, round head, a straight, narrow bill, and fairly long wings and legs.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than an American Robin; larger than a Song Sparrow

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 6.7-7.1 in (17-18 cm)
        • Weight: 1.0-1.9 oz (28-54 g)
        • Wingspan: 11.0-11.4 in (28-29 cm)

    Regional Differences

    Veeries breeding in Newfoundland and the far-western portion of their range tend to be darker brown above with more distinct chest spotting and darker lateral throat stripes. A very few may be as dark on the upperparts as Swainson’s Thrush or Gray-cheeked Thrush.