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Forest and Rangeland Birds of the United States

Natural History and Habitat Use

Gray-cheeked Thrush -- Catharus minimus

RANGE: Breeds from northern Alaska, southern Keewatin, and Newfoundland south to southern Alaska, northwestern British Columbia, northeastern Saskatchewan, eastern New York, Massachusetts, central Vermont, northern New Hampshire, central Maine, and northern Nova Scotia. Winters in South America.

STATUS: Common in portions of its range.

HABITAT: During summer, inhabits coniferous forests (primarily spruce) and tall shrubby areas in taiga. During migration and in winter, also found in deciduous forests and open woodlands. Generally inhabits mountain tops in the Northeast.


NEST: Usually builds its nest in willows, alders, or spruces, from ground level to 20 feet, but usually about 6 feet above ground on divergent branches close to the trunk.

FOOD: Generally gleans food from the ground; eats insects, spiders, earthworms, crayfish, and berries.

REFERENCES: Beal 1915b, DeGraff et al. 1980, Terres 1980.

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