Hermit Thrush

Feathered Focus

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is the first of many thrushes that pretty much look and act exactly the same. This one is, in my experience, the most common of them. The Hermit Thrush is widespread, found throughout North America from Alaska, down to southern Mexico. Like most thrushes, they are most commonly seen on the ground, foraging for insects, worms, grubs, sometimes even lizards.

Hermit Thrush3 Hermit Thrush, Central Park, NY

As I mentioned, they look very similar to other North American thrushes, especially the Swainson’s, Gray-cheeked, and Bicknell’s thrushes. The Hermit Thrush, though, is one of the easiest ones to tell apart from the pack. All the mentioned species are brown above, and white (or slightly off-white) underneath, with a series of spots that are darker at the throat area, and fade to very light at the belly. The trick with the Hermit Thrush is the color of the rump…

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