Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

VATH

Code 6

IXONAE

ITIS

Egg Color:

Pale blue with brown flecks



Number of Eggs:

2 - 5



Incubation Days:

12 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

10 - 15 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Dried leaves, inner bark srips, and soft moss reinforced with twigs.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Varied Thrush: Large thrush with dark gray upperparts, rust-brown throat, breast, sides and 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. Female is much duller.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Varied Thrush: Two to five pale blue eggs with brown flecks are laid in a moss-lined twig cup built in a small tree, sapling, or bush. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Varied Thrush: Eats fruits, berries, and insects; forages on the ground, in trees, and in shrubs.

Readily Eats

Raisins, Currants, Nut Meal

Vocalization

Varied Thrush: Song is two or three buzzing whistles followed by a short silence. Call sounds like a low "took."

Similar Species

Varied Thrush: American Robin lacks dark breast band and rust-brown eyestripes and wing-bars.

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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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X