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Gray-cheeked Thrush Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized, compact thrush with relatively short bill and long wings.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than an Eastern Bluebird, smaller than an American Robin.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 6.3-6.7 in (16-17 cm)
      • Weight: 0.9-1.1 oz (26-30 g)
      • Wingspan: 12.6-13.4 in (32-34 cm)

Regional Differences

Gray-cheeked Thrush has two subspecies. "Northern" Gray-cheeked (aliciae) occupies most of the species’ vast breeding range. The smaller "Newfoundland" Gray-cheeked (minimus) breeds only in Atlantic Canada and has warmer brown (rather than grayish) back and flanks, a more intense cream color below, and a more extensive and brighter yellow base to the mandible (the lower part of the bill).