Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

About This Animal

SIZE: 6.75 inches

RANGE: Widespread across North America

HABITAT: Coniferous or mixed woodlands, thickets

DIET: Insects, berries and fruit

ON EXHIBIT: Cove Forest in River Journey

Both sexes are mostly pale brown with a creamy white breast containing small black spots concentrated on throat and breast. This species of brown thrush has a reddish tail which it constantly flicks along with its wings.

This is the only species of brown thrush that regularly spends the winter in our area. On it's breeding territory its flute-like call is considered among the most beautiful of bird songs. Breeds in the SE US in the high Appalachians.