graycheeked thrush (Catharus minimus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 6.25? inches
Gray, indistict eye ring
Dark spots on breast
Underparts white with grayish flanks
Thin bill with pale base to lower mandible
Often forages on forest floor
The gray-cheeked thrush resides in forests where it is more often heard
than seen. It is quite similar to other thrushes. The Bicknell's thrush,
until recently conspecific with the gray-cheeked thrush, is very similar
and may not be separable in the field. It is slightly smaller, has shorter
wings with a shorter primary projection, buffier face and breast, more
noticeable eye ring, and a more extensively pale lower mandible. These
two species can be most easily separated on the breeding grounds as they
have different ranges and songs. The Swainson's thrush is quite similar
but has buffy spectacles and lacks the gray cheeks. Veery is smaller,
browner, lacks gray cheeks and has less spotting on the breast. Hermit
thrush has a rusty rump and tail. The songs and calls of the thrushes
are very helpful in identifying them although gray-cheeked thrush does
not sing much during migration.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-4
Length of Incubation: 13-14? days
Days to Fledge: 11-13
Number of Broods: 2? in south
Diet: Mostly insects; lesser quantities of fruit and worms
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
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