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About the Hermit Thrush

Also known as: Dwarf Hermit Thrush, Dwarf Thrush, Little Thrush, Swamp Angel

The Hermit Thrush is a medium-sized songbird of the thrush family. Males and females look alike. They have pink legs and white eye-rings.

Hermit Thrushes generally breed in North American forest habitat. They are migratory, and may spend the winter in more open habitat like wooded residential neighborhoods. Their winter range includes much of the southern half of the United States, down into Mexico and Central America. They feed primariy on insects and berries.

The Hermit Thrush is the state bird of Vermont. They have a beautiful, flute-like song that is often sung from an elevated position.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 February 2011
Scientific Name Catharus guttatus
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Catharus
  • C. guttatus
Birdorable Family Thrushes & Mimids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 November 2016)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
6.75 inches
11.5 inches
1.1 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • drozd rezavoocasý (Czech)
  • Eremitdrossel (Danish)
  • Heremietlijster (Dutch)
  • erakkorastas (Finnish)
  • Grive solitaire (French)
  • Einsiedlerdrossel (German)
  • Tordo eremita (Italian)
  • チャイロコツグミ [chairokotsugumi] (Japanese)
  • Eremittskogtrost (Norwegian)
  • drozdek samotny (Polish)
  • Zorzal de Cola Rojiza (Spanish)
  • Eremitskogstrast (Swedish)

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