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Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed 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.

Common Names

  • Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush (en)
  • Zorzalito de Swainson (es)
  • Grive à dos olive (fr)
  • Zwergdrossel (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Catharus ustulatus

Where & When to Spot

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

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.


Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-22

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 640;

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