|Mistle Thrush - Turdus Viscivorus|
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The Mistle Thrush, or Missel Thrush, is bigger and paler than a Song Thrush and has bolder spotting on its breast and belly. The upperparts of the Mistle Thrush are grey-brown. The breast and flanks are a pale buff with bold black spots.
The Mistle Thrush's alarm call is like a football rattle or machine gun. Their dreamy song is loud and far reaching.
The bulky grass-lined nest of grass, roots, moss, leaves and earth is built by the female, usually in the fork of a tree but also in shrubs and walls. Breeding starts in February to May and consists of 2 clutches of 3-6 eggs.
The Mistle Thrush's diet is the same as the Song Thrush's: worms, insects and berries, but not snails.
|Many thanks to British Garden Birds for the information on this page.|