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Mistle Thrush (4 photos)

Observed: 30th April 2012 By: stephenmidstephenmid’s reputation in Birdsstephenmid’s reputation in Birdsstephenmid’s reputation in Birds
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I think that this is a Mistle Thrush, but could anyone confirm or tell me that it is a Song Thrush and which is the best way to tell them apart.

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Species with which Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) interacts

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Mistle

Yes, a Mistle Thrush. The large, blotchy spots which stretch right down beyond the legs are different to Song Thrush, which has arrow-head shaped spots which fade out before the legs. The pale edges to the wing coverts are also distinctive on Mistle Thrush. The fact that it is right out in the open is a sign of Mistle, too, as the species rarely skulks around a hedge bottom, say, as Song often does. You can't see it here, but when they fly away, Mistle have white obvious on the corners of the tail.

Really, they are very different.

Ian
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Thanks a lot ophrys. That is great summary! I will try and remember it.

stephenmid