wood thrush


Definition of wood thrush

: a large woodland thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) of eastern North America that is rusty brown on the head and back, has white underparts marked with large black spots, and is noted for its loud clear song

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From the woodlands at the course boundaries, a wood thrush sang its ethereal song. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 The forest is a large and welcome habitat for forest birds like the veery, wood thrush, and a variety of owls and woodpeckers. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Bull Hill Preserve Is Jewel In Wyndham Land Trust Crown," 26 Apr. 2018 Local breeding birds such as wood thrushes, great crested flycatchers, red-eyed vireos and summer tanagers will be here in a few days. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Spring comes sweeping in, and so do more migrants | Charlotte Observer," 4 Apr. 2018 The site has many species of fish and birds, such as scarlet tanagers and wood thrushes. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Metroparks grow again, now at South Chagrin Reservation (photos)," 15 Feb. 2018 In Patterson Park alone, more than 200 bird species have been documented, including Baltimore orioles, chimney swifts and wood thrushes. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Patterson Park Audubon Center's winter weekend highlights urban birdwatching," 10 Feb. 2018 The migrant wildlife is gone, the pewees, vireos and wood thrushes all far to the south by now. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘It’s so still’: A winter solstice filled with peace at the National Arboretum," 23 Dec. 2017 Up to five more wood thrushes gave guttural chuckles. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Dogwoods are magnets for migrating thrushes in fall," 13 Oct. 2017 Purple finches, a dusky-rose habitué of backyard bird feeders, have declined by half over the past 50 years, while wood thrushes, famed for their flutelike tunes, are down by more than 60%, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Bart Ziegler, WSJ, "Save the Songbirds: Plant These Shrubs and Bushes," 13 Sep. 2017

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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