Wood Thrushes are probably
best known for their clear fluty calls heard from the early spring through the
summer. They are primarily found in deciduous forests, but are less shy than
some of the thrushes and can also be found in residential areas, provided there
are enough large trees. Numbers have seriously declined in recent decades
(see status notes below).
found in the undergrowth of deciduous forests, but also sometimes in mixed
coniferous and deciduous forest. Found more often in lowland forests near
water than in dryer upland forests.
Diet: Insects, fruits, and berries. Also will
feed on spiders, snails, and earthworms.
Behavior: Does most of its foraging down on the
ground, but will also forage for fruits and berries up in trees and shrubs.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers throughout most of the eastern half of the
United States. Winters in Central America.
Conservation Status: Populations have shown sharp declines in recent
decades. Wood Thrushes are common Brown-headed
Cowbird hosts, and in many areas, Wood Thrushes end up raising more Cowbirds
than they do their own species. Habitat fragmentation has probably played
a very significant role in this decline. As forests become more
fragmented, Cowbirds, which don't inhabit dense forest, have greater access to
forests because of increased forest edges. This provides them with greater
access to Wood Thrush nests.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Wood Thrush"
Photo Information: May 12th, 2006 - Butler County,
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