VEERY

VEERY(Catharus fuscescens)
DESCRIPTION: The Veery is brown on its upper parts and has white under parts. Breast is beige with light brown spots. Bill is grey on top and pinkish under, and legs are also pinkish. Length is around 18 cm (7 inches).
VOICE: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Catharus-fuscescens
NAME: English name is an onomatopoeia for bird’s calls. Latin genus name ‘Catharus’ means ‘pure’ and possibly refers to the birds flute-like song. Latin species name ‘fuscescens’ means ‘slightly dark’, in reference to the plumage color.
HABITAT: Under story of humid deciduous forests.
DIET: Forages on the ground for insects by flipping or trashing dead vegetation, catches insects on the fly. Also feed on berries.
NESTING: Nest placed on or near the ground, in a well-sheltered area such as under a thorny shrub. Three or four green-blue eggs are laid, incubated by the female. Both parents feed the chicks.
DISTRIBUTION: Breeding range encompasses south of Canada and north of the USA. Migrates to eastern South America for the winter, especially Brazil.
ON PEI: Breeds on Prince Edward Island but uncommon or rare.
CONSERVATION: Although not currently at risk, population in decline since last few decades. Impacted in wintering grounds by deforestation for agriculture. Habitat fragmentation in breeding range makes it more vulnerable to predators and parasites such as the Brown-headed Cowbird. Destruction of the under story, either by clearing or by deer browsing, also detrimental to the veery.
NOTES: The veery is a member of the Thrush family.
SIMILAR SPECIES: Hermit Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush
REFERENCES: https://www.borealbirds.org/bird/veery
http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABPBJ18080 (Montana Field Guide)
http://www.uwgb.edu/birds/greatlakes/species/veer.htm (University of Wisconsin Green Bay)
https://www.mba-aom.ca/jsp/toc.jsp (Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas)
Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas (Veery)
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/veery
https://identify.whatbird.com/obj/684/_/Veery.aspx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veery
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/veery/id

Veery- Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, QC - May 25, 2011 - Cephas
Veery- Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, QC – May 25, 2011 – Cephas
Veery- Afton Road, PEI - May 19, 2018 - © Roberta Palmer
Veery- Afton Road, PEI – May 19, 2018 – Roberta Palmer

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