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Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius


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Varied Thrush, male
credit: Walter Siegmund/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Turdidae, Thrushes view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has rich blue-gray crown, back, and rump. Dark wings are marked with orange-buff bars on flight feathers and two orange-buff wing bars. Face is marked with dark patch through eye, linking to dark breast band. Broad super - cilium, and throat and underparts, are orangebuff, with bluish scaling and wash on flanks. ADULT FEMALE Similar to male, but bluish elements of plumage are brown, as are patch through eye and breast band. JUVENILE Similar to adult female, but with more scaly-looking underparts.

Dimensions Length: 9-10" (23-25 cm)

Habitat Locally common summer visitor (mainly May-Sep) to damp, shady coniferous forests. Winters south to California.

Observation Tips Easiest to detect by voice.

Range Great Lakes, Southwest, New England, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Northwest, Alaska, Texas, California, Western Canada, Eastern Canada, Mid-Atlantic

Voice Song is a series of weird, mechanicalsounding, grating whistles, each note well-spaced; calls includes whistles and a sharp tchuup.

Discussion Unmistakable thrush whose song is evocative of northwestern forests. Forages on forest floor for invertebrates and also eats berries. Sexes are dissimilar.