The wood thrush is rotund and plump, reddish-brown above and whitish below, with large dark spots on its throat, breast and sides. It has a bold, white eye ring, and a short tail.
This species is primarily found in mature forests with well-shaded understory. The wood thrush feeds on small invertebrates in leaf litter and can be found in creek bottoms, wet areas with deciduous trees, and woody suburbs.
The wood thrush is best known for its flute-like song, commonly heard in the morning and evening. This species breeds in eastern North America, from southern Canada to Texas, the Gulf coast, and northwest Florida. Their winter range is from south Texas through Central America. The wood thrush can be seen in north Florida from late March to late October, with breeding occurring from May through July.