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    ID Info
    Silhouette ThrushesThrushes


    Catharus fuscescens
    • ORDER: Passeriformes
    • FAMILY: Turdidae
    Basic Description

    This small forest thrush gets its name from the cascade of “veer” notes that make up its ethereal, reedy song—a common sound at dusk and dawn in summer in the damp northern woods. Most Veeries are a warm cinnamon brown above, with delicate spots on the throat; though far northwestern and northeastern populations are darker brown. These birds hop through the forest understory as they forage for insects and fruit. They spend winters in South America.

    More ID Info
    image of range map for VeeryRange map provided by Birds of North AmericaExplore Maps

    Find This Bird

    Listen in late spring and summer, particularly early in the morning and near dusk, for the Veery’s haunting, downward-spiraling song emanating from rich woodland or forest. Upon locating one or more singing birds, walk slowly through the habitat, watching carefully for foraging birds on the ground or singing birds perched in the upper or mid-canopy. Listen for this bird’s frequent, harsh, veer calls, almost as if it is hinting its name to you.

    Other Names
    • Zorzal Canelo (Spanish)
    • Grive fauve (French)
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