Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush

Forest-loving, ethereal-voiced ground-forager.  Common in summer in Eastern forests; winters in Central America.  Plump and short-tailed, often upright; reddish-brown upperparts and white underparts spotted black.  Haunting, flute-like song echoes through the forest.  Prefers mature deciduous or mixed forest with moderate understory, where it forages in leaf-litter for insects and invertebrates; also eats fruits.  Nests in low vegetation; usually two broods per season.  Lifespan up to 10 years.  Population ~ 11 million and steadily declining (as much as 50% since 1966).  

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January 24, 2015