Backyard Birds

Bicknell’s Thrushes (Catharus bicknelli)

The Bicknell’s Thrushes, 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.


Gordon Ramel

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