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Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus


Slightly smaller than a robin. White/grey underbelly with brown speckled breast, brown to reddish brown on top. Small beak. Moved quickly through the underbrush.


Underbrush in deciduous hardwood forest.


I think I've narrowed it down to either a veery or hermit thrush. That may be as far as I can get with this relatively unhelpful photo. I did not hear this bird make any calls, that would have helped a lot.

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Liam 12 years ago

In this location, it's almost definitely a Hermit.

Liam 12 years ago

Does it have a rufous tail? If so, then Hermit Thrush. If not, then Swainson's. (I'm colorblind, so I can't make the call by myself.)

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Apr 4, 2009
Submitted on Aug 10, 2011

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