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Wood Thrush

Woodland Kingfisher
Wood Stork

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Wood Stork

  • Mycteria americana
  • Egrets & Other Waders

About the Wood Thrush

Also known as: Wood Robin, Bell Bird

The Wood Thrush is a medium-sized songbird. It is related to the familiar American Robin and other birds in the thrush family.

Wood Thrushes have a warm brownish body plumage, with a white breast. The underparts are spotted with bold, dark spots. They have a white eyering. Males and females look alike.

Wood Thrushes are known for the beautiful, melodic song sung by males in the spring and early summer. Wood Thrushes have two sets of (the equivalent of) vocal cords, so they can essentially have a duet with themselves!

The Wood Thrush is found in a very large range, with breeding occurring across much of the eastern part of the United States. Wood Thrushes migrate down to southern Central America to spend the winter. Their conservation status is Near Threatened as of November 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 August 2013
Scientific Name Hylocichla mustelina
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Hylocichla
  • H. mustelina
Birdorable Family Thrushes & Mimids
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • 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
7.1 to 8.5 inches
12 to 16 inches
1.7 to 2.5 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Wood Thrush is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Near Threatened on the basis of evidence that it has undergone a moderately rapid population decline over the past three generations.

International Names

  • 棕林鸫 (Chinese)
  • drozd lesní (Czech)
  • Plettet Skovdrossel (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Boslijster (Dutch)
  • täplärastas (Finnish)
  • Grive des bois (French)
  • Walddrossel (German)
  • Tordo dei boschi americano (Italian)
  • モリツグミ [moritsugumi] (Japanese)
  • Flekkskogtrost (Norwegian)
  • drozdek rudy (Polish)
  • Древесный дрозд (Russian)
  • Zorzalito Maculado (Spanish)
  • Fläckskogstrast (Swedish)

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