Wood Thrush

photo by Phil Swanson

Hylocichla mustelina
L 7 3/4″ (20 cm).

Song or calls:
Loud, liquid song of 3 to 5 note phrases, “ee-oh-lay,” usually ending with a complex trill.

Description: Sexes similar. Large and plump. Reddish-brown above, being brightest on the crown and nape; whitish below, with large dark spots on throat, breast, and sides; brownish-olive rump and tail; conspicuous bold white eye ring on streaked face.

Bird Map

Habitat: Mature, shady deciduous forests. Prefer breeding habitats with a dense understory, running water nearby, and tall trees for singing perches.

Where in Nebraska: Fairly common to uncommon spring and fall migrant in east. Local summer resident in wooded eastern areas extending west along major rivers.

Status: Range appears to be expanding in the northeastern United States.

Fun Facts: The Wood Thrush have a complicated syrinx (song box) that allows them to sing two notes at the same time and harmonize with their own voice.

Wood Thrush - photo by Phil Swanson Wood Thrush - photo by Phil Swanson
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