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Is it a Redwing, too small for a Songthrush

Observed: 30th January 2010 By: Laurie DauntLaurie Daunt’s reputation in BirdsLaurie Daunt’s reputation in BirdsLaurie Daunt’s reputation in Birds
Redwing, Is it

Seems to be lacking the red bit but size looks OK

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Song thush fits better

The blackbird-like stance and size makes this more like a thrush than a pipit, which would be smaller, more delicate beaked, and often more horizontal in stance. Meadow pipit would have lighter markings on wing while this seems fairly uniform. The light area under the tail and the trace of a stripe above the eye fits songthrush much better, as does the nature of the spotted breast.

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The bird in your photograph is a Song Thrush. A Redwing would be smaller and would have a prominent supercilium abobe the eye from base of bill to the top of the ear coverts giving a stripey headed appearance.

The breast spotting would be bolder against a paler ground colour and there would be orange red along the flanks wide enough to show on the breast and belly sides.

Chris Robinson.

Chris Robinson

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Got to be a thrush then, just looked a bit small

Laurie Daunt

bobthebirder's picture

song thrush

Definitely a song thrush, which are pretty much the same size as redwings anyway.

Bob Ford