Hermit Thrush

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 February 2011
Scientific Name
Catharus guttatus
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Catharus
  • C. guttatus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.75 inches
11.5 inches
1.1 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) drozd rezavoocasý
Danish (Dansk) Eremitdrossel
Dutch (Nederlands) Heremietlijster
Finnish (Suomi) erakkorastas
French (Français) Grive solitaire
German (Deutsch) Einsiedlerdrossel
Italian (Italiano) Tordo eremita
Japanese (日本語) チャイロコツグミ [chairokotsugumi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Eremittskogtrost
Polish (Polski) drozdek samotny
Spanish (Español) Zorzal de Cola Rojiza
Swedish (Svenska) Eremitskogstrast
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