Nature Journal
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Veery Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Cinnamon upperparts in eastern United States birds,
   duller in western birds
- Indistinct eye ring
- Breast buffy with small dark spots, spots larger in
   western birds
- Underparts white with gray flanks
- Pink legs
- Thin bill with pale base
- Sexes similar
- Often forages on forest floor
- Distinctive beautiful song

Similar species
The Veery resides in forests where it is more often heard than seen. It is similar to other thrushes but has smaller, less extensive spotting on the breast and uniformly light brown upperparts.

In the western United States, Veeries and Swainson's Thrushes have similar upperpart coloration and spotting on the breast. They can be separated by flank color-gray in Veery and brown in Swainson's, and by vocalizations.
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