Varied Thrush

Fast Facts:

  • Common Name:
    Varied Thrush
  • Scientific Name:
    Ixoreus naevius
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Size: 7.5-10 inches long
  • Weight: 2.3-3.5 ounces


Male varied thrushes feathers feature mostly orange coloring, with black and dark gray patterns around their throats and breasts, with grayish-blue tails and crowns. Females feature similar orange patterns, but are more brown in areas where the males are black and gray.

Habitat and Migration

Making their homes along the Pacific Coast, varied thrushes typically stay in more humid evergreen forests and dark areas. In the winter, it’s not completely out of the ordinary to find them in the northeast and upper midwest U.S.

Social Behavior

The males are more vocally active during dawn, dusk, and after rainstorms. In the summer, varied thrushes mostly feast on arthropods. When winter hits, their diet consists of more fruits and seeds. They typically search for food on the ground, among the underbrush.

Favorite Foods

  • Hulled Sunflower Seeds
  • Suet

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