Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Veery (Catharus fuscescens)


French: Grive fauve German: Weidenmusendrossel Spanish: Zorzalito rojizo

Turdus Fuscescens


, 1817,

Pennsylvania, USA


Formerly placed in genus Hylocichla. Race subpallidus sometimes merged with salicicola. Proposed races levyi (Alberta E to N Michigan and Wisconsin) and pulichorum (W Maryland S to N Georgia) considered inseparable from salicicola and nominate, respectively. Four subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. salicicola (Ridgway, 1882) – SW & SC Canada and W USA; non-breeding Brazil.
  • C. f. subpallidus (Burleigh & Duvall, 1959) – NW USA (N Washington E to W Montana, S to Colorado); non-breeding Brazil.
  • C. f. fuscescens (Stephens, 1817) – SE Canada and E USA; non-breeding Brazil.
  • C. f. fuliginosus (Howe, 1900) – extreme E Canada (S Quebec E to Newfoundland); non-breeding Brazil.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–19 cm; 25–43 g. Nominate race is rufous-brown above, with indistinct pale eyering; very lightly brown-spotted creamy-buff throat and upper breast, whitish... read more


    Song, mostly in early morning and especially in evening, a series of ethereal resonating phrases,... read more


    Breeds in damp deciduous forests, selecting disturbed forest producing dense understorey, and late... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly invertebrates, occasionally small amphibians, with some fruit in spring and summer; situation perhaps reversed in autumn and winter... read more


    Mid-May to mid-Jul; single-brooded so far as known. Territory small, can be only 0·1 ha; average size of 61 territories 0·25... read more


    Long-distance migrant. Autumn departure from breeding grounds peaks late Aug to early Sept, main... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Breeding Bird Surveys reveal fairly high densities, higher in Canada than in USA; highest in Maine (USA) and Ontario (Canada);... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Christie, D.A., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Veery (Catharus fuscescens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).