National wildlife Federation songbird Postcard Series 501 - 7 Wood Thrush (Hylocichla muslelina) A shy and retiring member of the famous Thrush family, the Wood Thrush is a handsome and elegant bird. Although not as tolerant of civilization as he robin or the Bluebird, he will build his nest close to houses, if may trees are present, bringing his charm and lilting song to shade trees and shrubbery of suburban homes. His range covers much of the United States. His food is almost entirely composed of insect. A few wild fruits and seeds provide variety. The nest is usually in a small tree and the grasses and twigs are held together with mud and fine roots and grasses line the interior.