Hylocichla mustelina


Common Names: Wood thrush
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Thrushes


Closely related to other thrushes such as the American robin and is widely distributed across North America. The wood thrush is an omnivore, and feeds preferentially on soil invertebrates and larvae, but will also eat fruits. In the summer, it feeds on insects continuously in order to meet daily metabolic needs. It is solitary, but sometimes form mixed-species flocks.

The adult wood thrush is 7.1 to 8.5 inches long, with a wingspan of 12 to 16 inches. The crown, nape, and upper back are cinnamon-brown, while the back wings, and tail are a slightly duller brown. The breast and belly are white with large dark brown spots on the breast, sides, and flanks. It has white eye rings and pink legs. Other brownish thrushes have finer spotting on the breast. The juvenile looks similar to adults, but has additional spots on the back, neck, and wing coverts. The male and female are similar in size and plumage.

The wood thrush prefers deciduous and mixed forests for breeding.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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