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Gray-cheeked Thrush - Catharus minimus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
In North America, the Gray-cheeked Thrush breeds from western Alaska east to Newfoundland and just south of the Hudson Bay. The species winters east of the Andes from Venezuela and Colombia to northwest Brazil and is an uncommon migrant across Montana with fewer than five observations reported in the typical year (Whitaker et al. 2018, MTNHP 2019).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 136

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Gray-cheeked Thrush — Catharus minimus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from