photo by Phil Swanson
L 7 1/4″ (18 cm).
Song or calls:
Thin, nasal song, rendered as “wee-oh, chee, chee, wee-oh,” rising at end. “Wee-ah” call.
Description: Sexes similar. Dull olive-brown above; white below, with heavy dark spots on breast; brownish-gray flanks; gray face; and incomplete and indistinct eye ring.
Behavior: Gray-cheeked Thrushes are shy birds, and keep mostly under cover. Searches for food on the ground.
Habitat: Migrants found in riverbottom forests, shelterbelts, heavy shrubbery, and shady deciduous woodlands, often near creeks or rivers.
Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant in eastern Nebraska, becoming uncommon westwardly.
Fun Facts: The Gray-cheeked Thrush looks the same as a Bicknell’s Thrush only slightly larger so another way to tell them apart is their song.