Bird of the Week, May 20, 2011
Bicknell's Thrush

Bicknell's Thrush by Larry Master


The elusive Bicknell’s Thrush, formerly considered a subspecies of the more common Gray-cheeked Thrush, is one of the most range-restricted birds in North America, breeding only in coniferous northeastern forests near the treeline.


This species is at risk from threats to its breeding habitat, including development, acid rain, and climate change. Its migration route is not well-known, but is assumed to follow a flyway along or near the East Coast of North America.


Potential threats during migration include collision with man-made structures such as communications towers, buildings, and wind turbines. Loss of Bicknell’s winter habitat has been severe and is ongoing due to agricultural conversion, logging, and charcoal production.


ABC is working with industry representatives, the federal government, and other conservation groups to find solutions to reduce bird collisions, and has been conserving wintering habitat for the Bicknell’s Thrush in the Dominican Republic’s Sierra de Bahoruco National Park by securing and expanding park boundaries. 



Help ABC conserve this and other migratory species!

Photo: Bicknell's Thrush by Larry Master; Range Map: ABC