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Veery

The Veery, (Catharus fuscescens), is a small thrush. It is occasionally called Willow Thrush or Wilson’s Thrush. This species has the white-dark-white under-wing pattern characteristic of Catharus thrushes.

Adults are mainly light brown on the upper body. The undersides are white; the breast is lighter brown with dark spots. They have pink legs; their eye ring is indistinct. Birds in the east are more cinnamon on the upper body; western birds are more olive-brown.

Their breeding habitat is humid deciduous across southern Canada and the northern United States and migrate to eastern South America. They make a cup nest on the ground or near the base of a bush and forage on the forest floor, flipping leaves to uncover insects. They may also fly up to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects and berries.

The Veery has a cheerful downward-spiraling flute-like song, often heard from a low but concealed location. The most common call is a “vee-er”, which gave this bird its name.

This bird has been displaced in some parts of its range by the Wood Thrush.

They have also suffered from nest parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Veery