The Hermit Thrush is brown on the head and back, with a reddish tail. The underparts are pale with distinct spots on the throat and smudged spots on the breast. The song of the Hermit Thrush is often considered to be the finest heard in our northern forests. In Canada, no other bird can compare to the sweet and aesthetic appeal of this bird's pure and watery, fluted notes. Its song even more brilliant during the still twilight of spring. In some rural districts, where it is known solely as the bird that sings so sweetly at twilight, it is called the "nightingale."
Hermit Thrushes are often found in forest under stories, (and occasionally found in urban areas), especially around edges or openings.
Hermit Thrushes hop and scrape in leaf litter while foraging. They perch low to the ground on fallen logs and shrubs, often wandering into open areas such as forest clearings or trails. Sometimes a Hermit Thrush will cock its tail and bob it slowly, while flicking its wings.