Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

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 [no photo available yet]. The Swainson's Thrush's olive color of the back is uniform and extends to the tail wings.

Where and When to Spot

I saw this bird during migration in Tadoussac, May 2018, in large numbers feeding within bushes and trees along the coast.

Common Names

Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush

Zwergdrossel (de)
Zorzalito de Swainson (es)
Grive à dos olive (fr)


Catharus ustulatus