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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Tadoussac

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 640

Taxonomy

Passeriformes
Turdidae
Catharus ustulatus

Locations