veery (Catharus fuscescens)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • Length: 6 inches

  • Cinnamon upperparts in eastern United States birds, duller in western        birds

  • Indistinct eye ring

  • Breast buffy with small dark spots, spots larger in western birds

  • Underparts white with gray flanks

  • Pink legs

  • Thin bill with pale base

  • Sexes similar

  • Often forages on forest floor

  • Distinctive beautiful song

Similar species:

The veery resides in forests where it is more often heard than seen. It is
similar to other thrushes but has smaller, less extensive spotting on the
breast and uniformly light brown upperparts. In the western United
States, veeries and Swainson's thrushes have similar upperpart colora-

tion and spotting on the breast. They can be separated by flank color-

gray in veery and brown in Swainson's, and by vocalizations.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 10-12 days
Days to Fledge: 10
Number of Broods: 1, 2? in south
Diet: Mostly insects; lesser quantities of fruit

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     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
            numbers.
     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.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
R
      Su - Summer: June, July, August
      Fall: September, October, November
R

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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