Veery (Catharus fuscescens) Kingdom: Family: Aves


A veery has tawny brown upper parts, white underparts with pale spotting on breast, plain face, black upper mandible and pinkish lower mandible with a black tip. A veery's Length is: 7 to 7.5 inches, and Wingspan is: 11 inches.


In the summer, the breeding season, they can mostly be found in thickets and dense forest understories, mostly near water. They don't often live in areas of the forest that don't have an underlayer of trees. Their mostly found in similar environments during the winter (into the tropics or a warm place).
Predators and Prey

In the summer they usually eat spiders,small amphibians, centipedes, and in the winter they consume lots of berries.

Native or Invasive

A veery is native to the Americas and nearby island nations.

Form vs. Function

Veerys have wings to fly so that they can hide from predators in the trees to protect themselves and
claw like feet to grab worms,centipedes,etc.

Interesting Facts

A veerys behavior Forages low in the vegetation or along the ground. They will sometimes poke at decaying logs and flip over leaves at stones in search of insects. They also can hover while picking insects from foliage, and will occasionally fly out from a perch to snag a flying insect in mid-air.


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