Swainson's Thrush

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 February 2011
Scientific Name
Catharus ustulatus
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Catharus
  • C. ustulatus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 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
7 inches
12 inches
1.1 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Sabiá-de-óculos
Czech (Cesky) drozd malý
Danish (Dansk) Olivenskovdrossel
Dutch (Nederlands) Dwerglijster
Finnish (Suomi) korpirastas
French (Français) Grive à dos olive
German (Deutsch) Zwergdrossel
Italian (Italiano) Tordo di Swainson
Japanese (日本語) オリアブチャツグミ [shiroharakotsugumi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Brunkinnskogtrost
Polish (Polski) drozdek okularowy
Spanish (Español) Tordo Olivo
Swedish (Svenska) Beigekindad skogstrast
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