Bicknell’s Thrush

The Bicknell’s Thrush, (Catharus bicknelli), is a medium-sized thrush. Their breeding habitat is the coniferous forests in southeastern Quebec to Nova Scotia and northern New England and New York State. These birds are usually found at higher elevations. These birds migrate to the West Indies.

Adults have an olive-brown upper body and slightly redder on the tail. The underside is white with gray on the flanks; the breast is grayish brown with darker spots. They have pink legs and a faint gray eye ring. They have gray cheeks. They are slightly smaller than the very similar Gray-cheeked Thrush.

Bicknell’s Thrush makes a bulky cup nest close to the trunk of a conifer. They forage on the forest floor, mainly eating insects, wild fruits and berries. This bird’s song is a jumbled series of flute-like tones ending on a higher note. They are very secretive during the nesting season.

This bird’s numbers are declining in some parts of its already limited range as a result of habitat destruction. This bird was named after Eugene Bicknell, an American amateur ornithologist, who discovered the species on Slide Mountain in the Catskills in the late 19th century.