The Hermit Thrush breeds in mixed woodlands and moist coniferous forests of Canada, the
extreme Northeastern USA and mountainous regions of the western USA. A cup nest of grass,
bark strips, mud and weeds is built by the female on or near the ground. From 3 to 6 eggs
incubated by the female, hatch in 12 to 13 days. Both parents care for the young who leave
the nest in about two weeks.
The Bird Banding Lab web site reports that between 1955 and 1997, a total of 156,664 Hermit Thrushes were banded. Of these, 364
have been recovered, a recovery rate of 0.23 %. Banding studies show that the Hermit
Thrush can live up to 7 years in the wild. They are short to long distance migrants that
winter in the Southern and western US into Central America as far as Guatemala.
If you should recover a banded bird, please report the band number to the Bird Banding
Lab by calling 1-800-327-BAND.
Hermit Thrushes consume large numbers of insects such as beetles, ants, caterpillars,
grasshoppers and crickets as well as snails, earthworms, and fruits of pokeberry,
blueberry, raspberry and mistletoe.
Populations across North America appear to be increasing.
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