7 Things to Know About Varied Thrush

The Varied Thrush, a striking bird in orange and gray, thrives in Pacific Northwest coniferous forests, with a unique song adding mystique.

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Orange face, black eye/breast lines, orange markings on wings, slate-gray cap/tail. Smaller than female.

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Breeding Male

Female Varied Thrush resembles male but is duller, with increased underpart spotting. Brownish cap, back, and tail; larger size distinguishes her.

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Female

Resembling adult females, juvenile Varied Thrushes hatch in about 12 days and leave the nest approximately two weeks after hatching.

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Juvenile

Breeds in wet forests (Alaska, Canada), winters in woodlands with fruiting trees. Nests on ground, bushes, or trees (6-12ft high).

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Habitat

Insects in summer, berries in winter. Skilled foragers in forests, solitary in summer, flocking in winter.

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Diet

Male Varied Thrushes fight for territories, flock in winter, prey to hawks. Shy in breeding, tame at feeders.

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Behavior

Breeds in NW USA, winters in Pacific NW, CA. Some reach Mexico, Idaho. Stray sightings in eastern USA/Canada yearly.

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Range (and seasonal changes)

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