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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Veery: small brown thrush with a speckled throat

The Veery (Catharus fuscescens) is a small North American thrush species that breeds in the cool, moist, deciduous forests and woodlands with dense undergrowth in Michigan.

Keep you eyes open for them as they migrate down south to winter in central and southern Brazil in September. The Veery is a smaller thrush with a tawny brown back, and a buff-colored belly with reddish brown spots on the throat. They can fly up to 160 miles in one night, at altitudes above 1.2 miles. They like to feed on bugs and berries they usually find on the ground.

They have a breezy, downward-spiraling, flute-like song, often given from a low and concealed perch. The most common call is a harsh, descending vee-er, which gave the bird its name. Watch the video at: http://youtu.be/cK1gaTqBRRk
 
Photo from Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Catharus_fuscescens_CT.jpg 

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