Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush
(Hylocichla mustelina)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Turdidae

Wood Thrush Information

Length:  7.75 - 8"

Habitat:  Nests in mature deciduous or mixed forests and their edges. Prefers damp woodlands with tall trees and a moderate to dense, shrubby understory. Also found in wooded residential areas and parks.

Diet:  Insects and their larvae; spiders; other invertebrates including earthworms, snails, and sowbugs. Fruits and berries when they become available.

  Songs and calls of the Wood Thrush

Additional Information

Wood Thrush
Description, distribution, behavior, diet, reproduction, predators, lifespan, and conservation status. Includes photos and range map. (From Wikipedia)

Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush

© G. Verhague

Wood Thrush
Identification Tips

  • Rusty crown, nape and upper back
  • White eye ring and streaked cheeks
  • White underparts with black spots throughout
  • Brown upperparts
  • Pink legs
  • Sexes similar
  • Juvenile has pale spots on upperparts
  • Often forages on forest floor
  • Distinctive beautiful song

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Wood Thrush Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

The Wood Thrush is found breeding throughout New England.

This bird winters in Central America; however, it is found in scattered locations in some U. S. states during early winter.

Early Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Wood Thrush in the month of December over past 10 years (2009-2019)

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS