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picture of song thrush Song thrush on bird bath.

The Song thrush is seen throughout the UK but its numbers have declined drastically in the last few years. It is a little smaller than the Blackbird (which is a member of the thrush family) measuring 9 inches (23cm). It has a medium brown back and tail with very light brown/cream chest and underside which is covered in dark brown chevron shaped blotches. It is a smaller version of the Mistle thrush which looks virtually the same but is bigger, you are less likely to see a Mistle thrush in the garden as they are more ‘birds of the field’ but they will visit gardens for food in winter when it is scarce.

The song thrush will readily visit gardens for food but if you observe them when feeding you will notice that they are definitely one step down the pecking order to Blackbirds and have to wait until there are no blackbirds on the bird table before they can feed. The Song thrush has the most wonderful melodic voice and in my opinion its song is much better than that of the Nightingale. The song of the Song thrush is similar to that of the Blackbird but the difference which can easily be heard is that the Song thrush repeats each phrase of the song two or three times. The song thrush builds its nest of dried grass, twigs and moss and lines it with a smooth layer of mud. The nest is built in hedges and bushes in February to July where it lays four or five eggs which are bright turquoise/blue with black spots. The chicks leave the nest before they can fly properly so are at risk from predators like cats. If you come across any young birds in your garden which appear to have been left by their parents to starve it is best to just leave them alone as the parents will not be far away and they stand a far better chance of survival if their parents feed them and not you.
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