Varied Thrush

Varied thrush perched on a branch
Varied thrush. Image by Veronika Andrews from Pixabay
AppearanceVaried thrushes are large birds about 9 1/2″ long. They are orange underneath except for the black band across the breast. Orange also stripes each side of the head above the eyes. Black back, head, and weaved with orange on the wings. The female is the same except brown instead of black.
DietInsects, berries, fruits, and nuts.
Feeder FoodMay forage for food beneath a feeder.
HabitatThis bird prefers moist coniferous and mixed forests with a closed canopy.
NestingNest: They nest in a conifer 4-20′ up. Females choose the location and build the nest, including layers of moss, mud, twigs, leaves, and grass.
Broods: They have 12-broods/season
Clutch: 1-6 eggs/brood
Egg color: Pale sky blue with occasional dark-brown speckling.
Egg size: 1.1 – 1.4 inches by 0.8 – 0.9 inches
Incubation: 12 days. Fledglings leave the nest at about 13-15 days.

Range Map

Varied thrush range map.
Varied thrush range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.