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n. pl. vee·ries
A reddish-brown thrush (Catharus fuscescens) of the Americas, having an indistinctly spotted breast.

[Possibly imitative of its song.]


n, pl veeries
(Animals) a tawny brown North American thrush, Hylocichla fuscescens, with a slightly spotted grey breast
[C19: probably imitative of its note]


(ˈvɪər i)

n., pl. veer•ies.
a thrush, Catharus fuscescens, of northern U.S. and southern Canadian woodlands, with a distinctive, downward sliding song.
[1830–40, Amer.; perhaps imitative]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.veery - tawny brown North American thrush noted for its songveery - tawny brown North American thrush noted for its song
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Hylocichla, Hylocichla - American thrush: wood thrush; hermit thrush; veery
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During summer 2013 and 2014, I used radiotelemetry to study juvenile Veeries primarily during their dependent period in a region dominated largely by mature deciduous forest in northeastern Pennsylvania.
(32) Veeries, catbirds, chipmunks, and squirrels fell between these two extremes as tick hosts.
Compared with Linda Lear's description of the same meeting in Witness to Nature, for example, Souder's rendition is pallid: he doesn't explain, as Lear does, that what finally moved Carson to contact Beston was her enthusiasm for taking Freeman to hear the famous veeries, birds that she hoped Beston would find for them; that she and Freeman made several repeat visits to see Beston; and their friendship matured over several years.
There will be examples, among others, of veeries, sage thrashers, titmice, white-breasted nuthatch, white-crowned sparrows, Lincoln's sparrows, sooty grouse, grebes and curlews.
It's as important for us to learn the names of birds--the wood thrushes and veeries, the spruce grouses (rarer each year), the finches and redstarts and the red-tail hawks--as it is for a hoary-bearded Old Man to have named them.