Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus
The Hermit Thrush is another species of bird known more for its song than a flamboyant appearance. The Hermit Thrush’s song is ethereal and flute-like, consisting of a beginning note, then several descending musical phrases in a minor key, repeated at different pitches. They often sing from a high open location.
The song of the Hermit Thrush is audible in the “Garden” stage of Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii.
A slightly altered song of the Hermit Thrush was used for the Mockingjay’s song in the early scenes of the Hunger Games film. The Hermit Thrush’s song, as well as the House Wren and Mourning Warbler are all very common in modern-day media.
Their breeding habitat is coniferous or mixed woods across Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern and western United States. They make a cup nest on the ground or relatively low in a tree.
Hermit Thrushes migrate to wintering grounds in the southern United States and south to Central America but some remain in northern coastal US states and southern Ontario. Although they usually only breed in forests, Hermit Thrushes will sometimes winter in parks and wooded suburban neighborhoods.
They forage on the forest floor, also in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects and berries.
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