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Veery Identification

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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.