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Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush Catharus ustulatus

Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush Catharus ustulatus

Aves > Passeriformes > Turdidae

Names in different Languages

GermanZwergdrossel
EnglishSwainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush
FrenchGrive à dos olive
SpanishZorzalito de Swainson

Description

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.

Photos

Observations

2022-05-14Belvédère Outremont
2022-05-08Belvédère Outremont
2018-05-22Tadoussac