Utah Bird Profile
 Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus

Name Roots: (Gr. catharos, "pure" - L. ustulata, "singed" [brownish color])

In Utah:  
by Jim Bailey

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a shrub or in a conifer at a height of 4-20 (0-40) feet, in a cup nest. This species is a rare cowbird host. During the breeding season, this species is an omnivore: ground and lower-canopy forager.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in mountain riparian and aspen habitats.
How to find: Fairly common in moist, mixed woods. Best places to find this species in Utah County are the following: South Fork of Provo Canyon, trail up to Stewart Falls in the North Fork of Provo Canyon, and the lower part of Diamond Fork Canyon. Become familiar with its beautiful, flutelike rising song to help in locating this species. Seems to prefer wetter habitat than the Hermit Thrush.   ~ Merrill Webb

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