Catharus fuscescens

There is something haunting about the flute-like songs of the Catharus thrushes. Other bird species dazzle us with rapid-fire renditions of their songs, issuing more notes than we can count over brief intervals. Thrushes deliver notes so sweet that when we hear their first note, we know it is a thrush. The rust-red or tawny, Veery is one such bird.

Today’s science recognises five subspecies of Veery. C. f. fuliginosus breeds in eastern Canada and winters in the Amazon Basin. C. f. fuscescens also breed in eastern Canada, but south of C. f. fuliginosus and into the Appalachians into Georgia. C. f. levyi breeds on the plains of southern Canada and into the Great Lakes region. C. f. salicicolus breeds in British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains south to northeastern Arizona. C. f. subpallidus breeds in eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Observers have noted that Veeries seem to prefer damp wetlands near beaver lodges. Their preferred habitat includes dense understory where the like to forage on the ground. Surveys have shown the Veery populations have declined. They list loss of woodland habitat as one likely cause.

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