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Mistle thrush

Mistle thrush sat on post.

Mistle thrush sat on post.

Mistle thrush

(Turdus viscivorus)
The mistle thrush is a little larger than it's better known cousin the song thrush. You are less likely to see it in your wildlife garden unless the garden is quite large as these birds prefer more open spaces. That doesn't mean you won't see them, a few years ago in winter when snow was covering the ground a mistle thrush made my garden it's personal territory. Each day I put food out on a flat piece of wood on top of the snow and for a few days a mistle thrush took up residence in an apple tree next door and swooped down on any other bird attempting to get food.

This thrush is very similar in appearance to the song thrush but the plumage is a little paler and the spots on it's breast bigger. Unlike the song thrush which has a beautiful song the mistle thrush doesn't sing at all but makes a very distinctive rasping sound and a chick chick. Once you know what it sounds like you will be able to easily recognise it.

There haunt is generally fields and woodland. The nest is made from grass, roots, moss and mud lined with dry grass normally placed in the fork of a tree if available otherwise in a bush or wall. The female lays 4 or 5 eggs which have a creamy white background spotted with reddish and greyish brown. They feed on slugs, worms, snails, grubs seeds and insects .

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