Plumage/Description: Male and female plumage similar. Robin like in posture and shape, but slightly smaller. Regional variation
in plumage, some Hermit Thrushes will appear more gray overall, others more brown. Breast heavily spotted with large black spots. A fair amount of Rufous in the wings, and the tail is noticeably Rufous in color.
Habitat: Pinyon/Juniper, Ponderosa/Coniferous
Time of year: Year-round
Relative Abundance: Common in summer at higher elevations, fairly common in winter at lower elevations
Behavior: Very much a skulker, often difficult to see. Prefers dense thickets and brushy habitats, particularly in berry
producing shrubs. Has a habit of flicking its tail and wings. Does not frequent seed feeders but will frequent water features.
Diet: Insects, fruits and berries
Similar species: Swainson’s Thrush
Best Sites: Granite Basin Recreation Area and in the Bradshaw Mountains, particularly need streams such a Wolf Creek, Bannon Creek, etc.