photo by Phil Swanson

Catharus fuscescens
L 7″ (18 cm).

Song or calls:
Whistled “whee-ou.” Song is descending series of “veer

Description: Sexes similar. Reddish-brown above; white below; trace of buff spotting on breast; gray flanks; grayish face; and incomplete and indistinct gray eye ring.

Bird Map

Habitat: Migrants are found in dense and damp bottomland deciduous forests that are close to running water.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant across the state, probably more common in eastern Nebraska.

Field Notes: Veerys are secretive birds, living in dense shade. Experiments on other thrushes show that their vision in the dark is better than that of most other birds.

Fun Facts: The Veery, in a recent study, was shown to fly over 160 miles in one night and travel at altitudes above 1.2 miles high.

Veery - photo by Phil Swanson
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