One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American woodland thrush with a brown back and speckled breast.
Catharus fuscescens, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae
- ‘Thoreau is refreshed by hearing the whip-poor-will, brown-thrasher, veery, wood-pewee, chewink, and other birds at the beginning of May.’
- ‘Research in Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia shows that forest birds like the American redstart, hooded warbler, Kentucky warbler, worm-eating warbler, ovenbird, wood thrush, and veery are all vulnerable to deer overpopulation.’
- ‘In the agricultural Midwest, more than 80 percent of the nests of some species - veery, wood thrush, hooded warbler, red-eyed vireo, scarlet tanager, and others - host cowbird eggs.’
- ‘The wood and hermit thrushes and their cousin the veery have taken a severe hit from the cowbirds, so that they are on the brink of becoming endangered species.’
- ‘Sheldrakes are today's mergansers, while the Wilson thrush, known today as the veery, is only a migrant on the Cape but a resident of New England's woods.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps imitative.
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