There are three species of spot-breasted thrushes found in Washington. All three’ the Hermit Thrush, the Swainson’s Thrush, and the Veery’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. The Hermit Thrush’s tail and rump are a shade redder than the rest of its brown upperparts. The spots on its breast are solid black, darker than those of the other two thrushes, and it is more heavily spotted, with the spots beginning to run together. The eye-ring is easier to see than that of the Veery, and is white in contrast to the buff-colored eye-ring of the Swainson’s Thrush.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5735 Bush River Rd Lexington SC United States
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