Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush Catharus ustulatus
Aves > Passeriformes > Turdidae
Names in different Languages
|English||Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush|
|French||Grive à dos olive|
|Spanish||Zorzalito de Swainson|
A small bird, active on the ground, that feeds on insects, other invertebrates and fruits. Swainson's Thrush undertakes a long migration journey as it travels every year until Bolivia and Argentina, South America.
How to Identify
A bit larger than the small birds, about the size of a Red-winged Blackbird. I look at the colour of the tail to distinguish this bird from a close relative the Hermit Thrush. The Swainson's Thrush's olive color of the back is uniform and extends to the tail wings.
Where When to Spot
I saw this bird during spring migration in Tadoussac, May 2018, in large numbers feeding within bushes and trees along the coast.
Last updated on 2023-03-08. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.