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Birding Colorado Springs: Thrushes

Birds commonly seen in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

Thrushes

Thrushes are songbirds who specialize in eating insects, although they consume fruit and other vegetable matter when insects are not available. The American robin is the thrush which is most familiar; but many other thrush and thrush-related species are found in Colorado. Included on this page is the Sage Thrasher which, although not related to Thrushes, might be confused for one.

American Robin

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Author: Ken Thomas. Public Domain.

Info (All About Birds) Song (Macaulay library) Video (YouTube)
  • Pleasant song of warbling phrases, sometimes sung at night. Song can vary by region and individual. Also gives a variety of scolding calls
  • Most, but not all, robins migrate south for winter. Birds that stay for winter may survive on berries.
  • Not related to the European robin
  • Adult males have more vivid coloration than females

Mountain Bluebird

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Author: Elaine R. Wilson. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5

Info (All About Birds) Song (Macaulay library) Video (YouTube)
  • Male is almost entirely blue; female is drab gray.
  • Has slimmer profile and longer wings than other bluebirds.
  • Will use nest boxes

Hermit Thrush

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Author: Daniel Berganza. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Info (All About Birds) Call (Macaulay library) Video (YouTube)
  • Widespread and fairly common thrush, but often overlooked
  • Skulks on ground in dense brush; flies to low perches in vegetation
  • Rufous wing patches and rufous tail; may flutter wings and cock tail

Townsend's Solitaire

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Author: Jonathon Jongsma. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Info (All About Birds) Call (Macaulay library) Video (YouTube)
  • Winter bird in Colorado Springs; survives on Juniper berries
  • In shape, looks something like a slender robin or a long-tailed bluebird
  • Frequently perches on top of pine tree and makes short whistles
  • Runs on flat surfaces much like a robin does

Western Bluebird

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Author: Kevin Cole. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Info (All About Birds) Song (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Western counterpart of Eastern Bluebird; Western male distinguished by blue on throat
  • Female Western Bluebirds have a reddish breast and some blue in their plumage
  • Will use nest boxes

Sage Thrasher

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Author: Dave Menke for United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Domain.

Info (All About Birds) Call (Macaulay library) Video (YouTube)
  • Not a thrush, but could be mistaken for one!
  • Found in dry, scrubby habitats with plenty of sage
  • Skulks on ground in vegetation and rocks; may fly to perches in shrubs and small trees to get a look at intrusive humans
  • Peach or buff rump; cocked tail when alarmed
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