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Gray-cheeked Thrush -Catharus minimus



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes
 Family: Turdidae
 Genus: Catharus
ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern



AvocetA small thrush with a high-pitched song, the Gray-cheeked Thrush lives farther north than other birds in its family. It has an olive-brown head, back and wings, pink legs, and a white belly that is speckled with dark brown spots. 


The Gray-cheeked Thrush is migratory. In the summer, it lives across Alaska and the northern part of Canada. During the winter, the Gray-cheeked Thrush migrates to the northern part of South America including Colombia , Venezuela, Peru and Brazil.


The Gray-cheeked Thrush spends the summer in areas made up of small shrubs with a dense understory. It lives in habitats that border the tundra. The Gray-cheeked Thrush winters in the understory of tropical forests.


An omnivore, the Gray-cheeked Thrush eats mostly insects like beetles, weevils, ants, wasps and caterpillars. It may eat spiders, crayfish, sow bugs and earthworms. In addition, the Gray-cheeked Thrush eats grapes, wild cherries, blackberries, raspberries and other fruit.

Life Cycle

The female builds the nest out of dried grasses mixed with mud. The addition of mud makes the nest stronger. She lays 3-5 light greenish-blue eggs and incubates them for about two weeks. Right after hatching, the young chicks cannot feed themselves and depend on their parents for food.

The Gray-cheeked Thrush typically has one brood per season. Sometimes, it will lay a second brood if the first one fails to survive.


When the Gray-cheeked Thrush eats fruit, it fails to full digest the seeds. During its travels, it spreads the seeds, helping fruit propagate in new areas.

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