Often described as “plump” by birders who should spend more time looking in the mirror than through their binoculars, the thrush family members are part of the songbird order which contains by far the most bird species in Montana. Thrushes are best represented by the common American robin. Robins are so plentiful that it is easy to forget how truly beautiful they are. The next time you see one, try to see it as if for the first time. Give them more respect than whoever assigned them the Latin name Turdus migratorius—perhaps it was the famous ornithologist Poopy McPoopface. Most thrushes feed primarily on insects although some also eat fruits such as berries and sour cherries from my front yard. There are ten members of the thrush family present in Montana, and pictures of six of them are shown below. Surprisingly, we found both the hermit thrush and Townsend's solitaire laughing and chatting with several other birds. Still missing are the eastern bluebird, the gray-cheeked thrush, the varied thrush, and the veery.

**Update 10/25/16: Thanks to Mary Ann Cincotta for correcting our mistake in identifying a rock wren as a Swainson's thrush. The photo has been removed from this page and we are now back to 50.0% of the thrush family. The good news is that we did not previously have a picture of a rock wren (or we thought we didn't), so the total count of birds identified was not affected.
**Update 10/7/17: Added varied thrush and Swainson's thrush.

American robin - Turdus migratorius

Hermit thrush - Catharus guttatus

Townsend's solitaire - Myadestes townsendi

Western bluebird - Sialia mexicana

Mountain bluebird - Sialia currucoides

Swainson's thrush - Catharus ustulatus

Varied thrush - Ixoreus naevius

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