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Swainson's Thrush

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swainson's Hawk

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Swainson's Hawk

  • Buteo swainsoni
  • Birds of Prey

About the Swainson's Thrush

Also known as: Alma's Thrush, Olive-backed Thrush, Oregon Thrush, Russett-backed Thrush

The Swainson's Thrush is a medium-sized songbird native to the Americas. Males and females look alike; eastern birds tend to be olive-brown, while western birds show more red in their plumage.

Their breeding grounds includes much of Canada and parts of the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Their winter grounds are parts of Central America into western parts of South America.

The Swainson's Thrush feeds primarily on insects and berries. They have a beautiful flute-like song which consists of rising notes.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 February 2011
Scientific Name Catharus ustulatus
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Catharus
  • C. ustulatus
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 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7 inches
12 inches
1.1 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Sabiá-de-óculos (Brazilian)
  • drozd malý (Czech)
  • Olivenskovdrossel (Danish)
  • Dwerglijster (Dutch)
  • korpirastas (Finnish)
  • Grive à dos olive (French)
  • Zwergdrossel (German)
  • Tordo di Swainson (Italian)
  • オリアブチャツグミ [shiroharakotsugumi] (Japanese)
  • Brunkinnskogtrost (Norwegian)
  • drozdek okularowy (Polish)
  • Tordo Olivo (Spanish)
  • Beigekindad skogstrast (Swedish)

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