01 January 2021
The veery (Catharus fuscescens) is a small North American thrush species, a member of a group of closely related and similar species in the genus Catharus, also including the gray-cheeked thrush (C. minimus), Bicknell’s thrush (C. bicknelli), Swainson’s thrush (C. ustulatus), and Hermit thrush (C. guttatus). Alternate names for this species include Wilson’s thrush (named so after Alexander Wilson) and tawny thrush. Up to six subspecies exist, which are grouped into the eastern Veery (C. fuscescens fuscescens), the western Veery or Willow Thrush (C. fuscescens salicicolus), and the Newfoundland Veery (C. fuscescens fuliginosus).
The specific name fuscescens is New Latin for “blackish”, from Latin fuscus, “dark”. The English name may imitate the call