This is the first year that I have been able to see both the wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) and the brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) up close and often. Therefore, I can actually now see the differences between the two which are substantial! Both are similar in coloring and habitat, but that is where the similarity ends.
The thrasher has yellow and piercing eyes that go with the edginess of his name. He is much larger and intimidates almost all the birds that come to my feeders. The thrush has large and soft brown eyes and a smaller but sharper piercing bill. He is much smaller in size. Regarding coloring, the thrasher has more a more spotted breast while the thrush has streaks starting at the neck.
Both birds are great at pooping the in the water or feeder dish, though. You can tell they are used to eating on the ground!
Below some up close and personal photos, taken through a window, of course, so not as sharp as in the wild!