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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ixoreus naevius
POPULATION: 28 million
HABITAT: Breeds in moist, dense coniferous and mixed forests. Moves to lower elevations during the winter, where it may be found in backyards, orchards, and thickets.
The eerie, ethereal-sounding whistles of the colorful Varied Thrush resound throughout the dense rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, where this bird’s haunting song is more often heard than the bird itself is seen.
Varied Thrush numbers have decreased significantly over the last 40 years due to habitat loss in the mature and old-growth forests where they nest, alongside species such as Swainson’s Thrush, Western Tanager, and Evening Grosbeak.