July 29, 2015 – Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)

Found along the Pacific Coast of North America, some populations of these thrushes migrate, while others are sedentary. They mostly eat insects in the summer and seeds and berries in the winter. Foraging in leaf litter, they pick up leaves in their beaks and hop backward, searching for invertebrates in the space they have cleared. Females build nests from twigs, rotting wood and grass, mud, or moss, and line them with fine grasses, moss, and dead leaves. They are aggressive toward other species and each other, with males sometimes defending small territories around bird feeders.