Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

VATH

Code 6

IXONAE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Varied Thrush has a large range, estimated globally at 3,300,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States, Canada, and Mexico, this bird prefers boreal or temperate forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 26,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Varied Thrush is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Varied Thrush: Large thrush, dark gray upperparts, rust-brown throat, breast, sides, eyebrows, black breast band, and white belly and undertail. Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Legs and feet are brown. Direct, swift flight on rapidly beating wings.


Range and Habitat

Varied Thrush: Breeds from Alaska, Yukon, and the western edge of the Northwest Territories south to Oregon, California, Idaho, and Montana. Spends winters from coastal Alaska southward along the Pacific coast to southern California. Preferred habitats include dense coniferous or deciduous forests with abundant water.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"took"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Varied Thrush defends and maintains small feeding territories around bird feeders. They are aggressive and dominate many other feeder bird species.
  • The best clue to this bird's presence is usually its song, which often seems to emanate from the forest itself, and is generally unhelpful to observers wishing to locate the singer.
  • There is an extremely rare variant of this species in which all the orange in the plumage is replaced by white.
  • A group of thrushes are collectively known as a "hermitage" and a "mutation" of thrushes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Varied Thrush

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X