Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)


Song: Ethereal and flute like. Starts with a longer note on a single pitch, followed by a rich, melodic warble. Successive songs usually different, each bird having 6 to 14 song types (Borror 1964).



Hermit Thrush, song, June 20, 2011, Vilas County, Wisconsin.

Chup Call: Low, soft and throaty. The most commonly heard Hermit Thrush call.



Hermit Thrush, chup call, September 30, 2012, Washington County, Wisconsin.

Way Call: A nasal, hoarse, ascending slur.



Hermit Thrush, way call, April 17, 2010, Kettle Moraine State Park, South Unit, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Flight Call: A whistled, flutelike eeeee. Also sometimes given when perched.



Hermit Thrush, flight call from a perched bird, September 30, 2012, Washington County, Wisconsin.
Hermit Thrush, flight call from a perched bird, September 31, 2012, Washington County, Wisconsin.


References


Borror, D. J. 1964. Songs of the thrushes (Turdidae), wrens (Troglodytidae), and mockingbirds (Mimidae) of eastern North America. Ohio J. Sci. 64:195-207.