Varied Thrush

The Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) is a medium-sized songbird native to the Pacific Northwest region of North America. It measures around 8.3-9.1 inches (21-23 cm) in length and has a wingspan of 13.4-14.2 inches (34-36 cm). This species weighs about 1.4-2.2 ounces (40-63 g) and has a relatively short tail in proportion to its body.

The Varied Thrush is easily identified by its striking, contrasting plumage. The male has a slate-blue head, black breast band, and bold, rust-colored underparts, while the female has a more muted brownish-grey head and a less distinct breast band. Both sexes have a bright yellow patch above their eyes, which contrasts with their dark, round eyes. The wings of the Varied Thrush are black with a bold white stripe, and the tail is also black, with white corners.

The Varied Thrush is a partially migratory species, with populations in the northern part of its range moving south during the winter. The southern populations are usually resident year-round. In winter, they can be found in the western part of the United States, from Washington to California, and also in southwestern British Columbia, Canada.

The Varied Thrush is typically found in damp coniferous forests, especially those with dense undergrowth, but also occurs in mixed forests and deciduous woodlands. They are often solitary, and can be quite secretive, but their beautiful, clear, whistling song is unmistakable. They feed on a variety of insects, fruits, and seeds, and are known to visit backyard bird feeders in their range.

Overall, the Varied Thrush is a beautiful and unique bird, with striking plumage and a beautiful song. Its restricted range and migration patterns make it a special treat for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

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