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Mistle Thrush

Turdus viscivorus
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Common resident breeder in most of Europe except the very far North. It is a Summer visitor to Northern Europe but resident elsewhere. UK numbers increase in winter due to migrants.
Farmland, hedgerows, parks, gardens and frequently trees on the edge of moorland.
The largest of the spotted thrushes and Europe's largest song bird, the Mistle Thrush can be bold and aggressive with other birds, frequently defending berry bushes in winter from other birds. It is one of the first birds to nest in the UK, often laying it's eggs in February.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Turdidae

Genus:  Turdus

Species: T. viscivorus
Video of Mistle Thrush: Note the light
face and wing feathers.
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Mistle Thrush identification
Mistle Thrush flying
White underwings
Pale edges to wing feathers
Grey-brown back
Black round spots
Pale face with dark eye

The Mistle Thrush has a grey-brown back and head, it's throat and underside is white with large black spots. The bird sometimes has a warm buff colouration to either side of the breast.

Adult Mistle Thrush
Note the light edging to the birds wing feathers, the dots on the underside are round and it has a light face with a dark eye. The birds back is greyish-brown. All these features separate it from the Song Thrush.
Mistle or Song Thrush?
Mistle Thrush flying
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush Song
Breast spots Round,large V shaped, small
Underwing sleek dumpy
Wing length White Orange-buff
Back/wings Light panel on wings Plain smooth brown
Leg colour Yellowish Pale pink
Face Pale cheeks Brown
Back colour Grey-brown Dark brown
Rump Light coloured Dark brown
Neck Long, slender Short
Song Thrush
Song Thrush flying
Note: The Redwing can appear similar to the Song Thrush but has a strong pale eye stripe and dark red on flanks.