Mobile bird identification
Adult Male and Female
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
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.
Species: T. viscivorus
Video of Mistle Thrush: Note the light
face and wing feathers.
Pale edges to wing feathers
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.
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?
|| V shaped, small
|| Light panel on wings
|| Plain smooth brown
|| Pale pink
Note: The Redwing can appear similar to the Song Thrush but has a strong pale eye stripe and dark red on flanks.