25 cm (10") Abundant throughout North America. State bird for Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin. Associated with spring and suburbia, this thrush is perhaps the best-known and loved bird.
Dark head and back. Partial eye ring. Yellow bill. White striping on throat. No wing bars. White undertail covers.
Male: dark rusty red breast.
Female: lighter orangish breast
Often seen on lawns with head cocked searching for worms. Nests in trees and shrubs but also on sheltered ledges such as windowsills or eaves.
Song: clear caroling, rising and falling "cheer-up, cheerily, cheer-up, cheerily"; rapid "tut tut tut" call.