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Swainson's Thrush, Olive-backed thrush - Catharus ustulatus

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

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 & When to Spot

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

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

tadoussac - May 22, 2018

NIKON D500; 300.0 mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 640;
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