This species measures 16 to 19.5 cm (6.3 to 7.7 in) in length. Its mass is 26 to 39 g , exceptionally up to 54 g. The wingspan averages 28.5 cm (11.2 in). Adult Veeries are mainly light brown on the upperparts. The underparts are white; the breast is light tawny with faint brownish spots. Veeries have pink legs and a poorly defined eye ring. Birds in the eastern portions of the species' breeding range are more cinnamon on the upperparts; western birds are more olive-brown. In the east, the Veery is distinguished easily by its coloration.

Habitat and Distribution

The breeding habitat is humid deciduous forest across southern Canada and the northern United States. These birds migrate to eastern South America. They are very rare vagrants to western Europe.


The Veery birds forage on the forest floor, flipping leaves to uncover insects; they may fly up to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects and berries.


Veeries make a cup nest on the ground or near the base of a shrub. They occassionally host the eggs of Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater).

Calls and Songs

The song has a breezy downward spiralling, and it is flute like. The most common call is a harsh, descending vee-er, which gave the bird its name.