Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) as seen in our Aquarium Gardens exhibit.

This animal is not part of an Aquarium exhibit, but is rather a native species that lives on or regularly visits the extensive gardens or wooded areas of the property.

This tiny (6.5 to 7.5 inches in length), beautifully-colored bird is common along the woods, forests and ocean shores of the Pacific Northwest. They are generally olive-brown in color with a delicate speckled pattern on their throats and breasts and a rust-red tail. This coloring acts as an effective camouflage, helping to protect it from predators when the thrush is foraging on the ground. Chances are you may hear this bird rattling around in the brush at the edge of the Aquarium’s nature trails long before you see it. In order to spot it better, stand still and quiet as they startle easily. The thrush moves in quick, nervous hops, so will need to keep a sharp eye open and your camera at the ready. When they do vocalize, it is usually in slow and repetitive sounds similar to “chup” or “tuck.” They are considered one of the more beautiful North American songbirds.

Range & Habitat

Hermit Thrushes can be found in the mixed woods and coniferous forests throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Conservation Status