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The veery, Catharus fuscescens, breeds in woodland habitats in the northern United States and southern Canada. North American populations migrate more than 900 miles south to wintering grounds in South America. In Utah, this species is a rare summer resident, breeding only in the northernmost counties.

The diet of the veery includes both invertebrates and fruits; it often forages for these foods on the ground. Upon arriving on breeding grounds, males select a territory and aggressively defend it against other veerys. Males sing to attract females, but potential mates are initially treated as intruders and driven from the territory. It may take three or four days for the male to accept the presence of the female. While the male defends the territory, the female constructs a nest of dead and decaying leaves, twigs, moss, and bark. It is built on or near the ground amid some cover. Usually four eggs are laid and incubated by the female alone for 10 to 14 days. Young are tended by both parents and leave the nest after 10 to 12 days.


  • Moskoff, W. 1995. Veery (Catharus fuscescens). Birds of North America 142: 16 pp.

  • Baicich, P. J., and C. J. O. Harrison. 1997. A guide to the nests, eggs, and nestlings of North American Birds, Second Ed. Academic Press, San Diego. 347 pp.