There are three species of spot-breasted thrushes found in Washington. All three’the Veery, the Hermit Thrush, and the Swainson’s Thrush’have solid brownish upperparts (back, wings, and tail), light-colored bellies, whitish eye-rings, and varying degrees of spotting on their breasts. All are similar in shape to a robin, but smaller. Males and females appear similar in most species. Of the three common thrushes, the Veery has the palest flanks (gray) and is the most faintly spotted. The eye-ring is less distinct than that of the Swainson’s or Hermit Thrush.


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