Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli)

The Bicknell’s Thrush, Catharus bicknelli, is found in the coniferous forests in southeastern Quebec to Nova Scotia and northern New England and New York state; where it typically occurs at higher elevations. They migrate to the West Indies.

Their numbers are declining in some parts of their range due to habitat destruction.


This is a medium-sized thrush with an olive-brown plumage above, slightly reddish on its tail. They have grey cheeks and faint grey eye-rings. The legs are pink.

Below it is white with grey on the flanks. The chest is greyish brown with darker spots.

Similar Species: They look similar to the Gray-cheeked Thrush – except being slightly smaller.

Nesting / Breeding

Its bulky cup nest is usually built close to the trunk of a conifer.

Diet / Feeding

They usually forage on the forest floor, mainly eating insects, fruits and berries.

Song / Vocalizations

They make a jumbled series of flute-like tones ending on a higher note.

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