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Bicknell's Thrush - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Caribemotion
Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic, 2009
Catharus bicknelli


  • Olive-brown upperparts, slightly redder on the tail
  • Underparts are white
  • Greyish flanks
  • Greyish-brown breast with darker spots
  • Pink legs
  • Faint grey eye ring
  • Grey cheeks

Similar Species

Very similar (usually indistinguishable) to Gray-cheeked Thrush except by call and breeding range.


Breeds only in New York (Adirondacks and Catskills), Vermont, New Hampshire, northern Maine, and New Brunswick. Rarely found during migration due to the fact that it does not usually vocalize in migration and its similarity to the Gray-cheeked Thrush but has been recorded in western New York, Long Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

One of the rarest thrushes in the U.S. 90% of its population spends the winter months on Hispaniola.


This is a monotopic species[1].


Stunted conifers at or near the peaks of mountains in the north-east. Cloud forests in Dominica.



The nest is a bulky cup.


The diet includes insects, wild fruits and berries.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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The Bicknell's Thrush was the bird of the month of the Society for Conservation and study of Caribbean Birds recently *this ; is a relatively complete presentation of the species.

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