Wood Thrushes have bolder, blacker spots than other spotted thrushes such as Hermit Thrush and Swainson’s Thrush. On Hermit Thrushes, the spots concentrate on the upper breast and begin to smudge toward the belly. For Wood Thrushes the spots are clearly defined and contrast with their clean white underparts. The Wood Thrush also has a bolder white eyering than the Hermit Thrush and warmer, redder wings and back. Swainson’s Thrush has a subtler, buffy colored eyering, fewer spots, and olive-brown upperparts. Juvenile American Robins have gray upperparts and rusty reddish tones on the belly and breast. The Ovenbird is a warbler, not a thrush; it’s smaller, with a sharper bill and shorter legs. They have a streaked, not spotted breast, and black stripes on the side of the head.
Wood Thrushes are forest-interior birds and are unlikely to come to feeders. However, they are still common and may be audible from your yard if you live near small woodlots.
Find This Bird
You'll likely hear the Wood Thrush before you see it. The male sings his haunting, flute-like ee-oh-lay song from the lower canopy or midstory of deciduous or mixed eastern forests. To see Wood Thrushes, look for them foraging quietly on the forest floor and digging through leaf litter.
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