Swainson’s Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush, also known as Olive-backed Thrush, is a small bird that belongs to the Turdidae family. With its unique olive-brown upperparts and buffy underparts with dark spots on the chest, Swainson’s thrush stands out among other birds.

Basic Description

Swainson’s Thrush is a medium-sized bird measuring 6-7 inches long with a wingspan of 10-12 inches. The bird has brownish feathers on top, an off-white belly, and distinctive spotted markings across its breast. Its white eye-ring and faintly-streaked throat make it easy to identify in the field.

Where To Find This Bird

Swainson’s Thrush can be found throughout North America during migration periods when they fly from their breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska to wintering areas in Mexico, Central America or South America. They prefer moist woodlands around streams where they can find ample supply of insects for food.


The Swainson’s thrush prefers forest habitats especially those containing deciduous trees such as maples or oaks which provide plenty of cover while also allowing dappled sunlight through the leaves. They tend to dwell near water sources like rivers or lakes since this attracts many insect species that thrive near wet areas.


The diet of Swainson’s thrush mainly comprises insects including beetles, caterpillars, flies and spiders along with various berries depending on seasonal availability. They are particularly fond of blueberries which give them energy required for long-distance migrations.

Cool Facts

1) Males sing beautiful songs usually during breeding season in order to attract mates.
2) Unlike many other songbirds who migrate at night time using stars as guides,
Swainsons’ thrushes migrate during daytime using landmarks such as mountains
3) These birds are known to eat fruits that produce purple feces due to the pigments present in these fruits!
4) Unlike most birds which lay eggs at dawn, Swainson’s thrushes usually lay their eggs around midday.

In conclusion, Swainson’s Thrush is a unique and beautiful bird that can be found across North America. Its ability to migrate long distances during the day using landmarks makes it extra special. If you are interested in observing this bird, you should head towards moist woodlands near streams where they love to dwell!