New England Thrushes & Allies

Eastern Bluebird

Thrushes & Allies

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae

Eastern Bluebird
Photo © Ken Thomas

Learn interesting facts about New England birds in the Thrush family (Turdidae).
Includes photos, sounds, and identification tips for each bird.

Thrushes are small to medium-sized birds with a plump shape and thin bills. They forage mostly on the ground except when feeding on berries from bushes and trees. Thrushes are known for their melodious songs.

Members of the Turdidae family are almost always monogamous and strongly defend their territory, one exception being the Bicknell's thrush. All New England thrushes build cup-shaped nests and most of the nest-building is done by the female.

Hermit Thrush
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