Wood Thrush

Scientific name: Hylocichla mustelina

With a wide range in eastern North American forests, the Wood Thrush has been particularly well studied, especially in relation to forest fragmentation. Wood Thrushes nesting in fragmented forests suffer increased nest predation and increased nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds. Rates of nest parasitism in some areas reach 100 percent, and have a major impact on Wood Thrush populations.

Wood Thrushes migrate at night, although when crossing the Gulf of Mexico heading north, they sometimes encounter a headwind that keeps them from reaching the Gulf Coast of the U.S. until well after daylight.