Thrushes, Mockingbirds and Thrashers

Thrushes - Family Turdidae

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe. Accidental.

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis. Breeder. Common in all seasons and regions. Found in open rural areas, farmlands, fence rows, open suburban areas, and parks with scattered trees. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Veery Catharus fuscescens. Possible breeder. Fairly common in spring and rare in fall in Gulf Coast region. In Mountain region, uncommon in spring and fall, and occasional in summer. In Tennessee Valley and Inland Coastal Plain regions, uncommon in spring and fall. Found in dense woodlands.

Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus. Fairly common in spring and rare in fall in Gulf Coast region. In inland regions, uncommon in spring and fall. Found in woodlands with dense undergrowth.

Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus. Common in spring and fall in all regions. In Gulf Coast region, occasional in early winter. Found in woodlands with dense undergrowth.

Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus. Fairly common in winter, spring, and fall in all regions. Found in woodlands with dense undergrowth. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina. Breeder. Common in spring, summer, and fall in all regions. In Gulf Coast region, occasional in early winter. Woodlands and wooded suburbs with understory. HIGH CONSERVATION CONCERN.

American Robin Turdus migratorius. Breeder. Common in all seasons in Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions. In Inland Coastal Plain region, common in winter, spring, and fall, and uncommon in summer. In Gulf Coast region, common in winter, spring, and fall, and rare in summer. Found in short grass areas with scattered trees in cities, towns, parks, suburbs, and rural areas in summer; primarily in woodlands with soft mast in winter. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius.  Accidental.

Mockingbirds and Thrashers - Family Mimidae

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis. Breeder. Common in winter, spring, and fall in Gulf Coast region. In Inland Coastal Plain region, common in spring and fall, uncommon in winter and summer. In Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions, common in spring, and fall, fairly common in summer, and rare in winter. Found in hedgerows, thickets, fence rows, and dense brushy vegetation bordering ponds and lakes. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos. Breeder. Common in all seasons and regions. Found in rural, suburban, and urban areas in openings with short grass, scattered shrubs, and trees.  Low Conservation Concern.

Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus. Accidental.

Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum. Breeder. Common in all seasons and regions. Found in short ground cover vegetation near dense thickets, hedgerows, and shrubs. Low Conservation Concern.

References Cited:

Mirarchi. Ralph E., ed. 2004. Alabama Wildlife, Volume One.  A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates: Aquatic Mollusks, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL. 209 pp.

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