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Observed: 17th August 2011 By: Annabell
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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I thought this may be a deceased juvenile songthrush as it appeared to have a gape on it's beak. It was a 'present' left outside by a friend's cat when I was house-sitting. It was the first one I have seen.

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Song Thrush

You're right about it being a juvenile. The feathers are quite loose and fluffy, especially the undertail coverts...much less dense than adult feathers. Also, the short feathers on the upper wing (coverts) have yellowy-buff tips...another sign of a juvenile. Then, as you say, there is a gape visible, still (though adults do sometimes show that, when you look closely).

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I wondered about the loose

I wondered about the loose feathers but thought it might be due to the cat attack. Thank you for your other comments too. There's so much to learn, even about the most common birds when you start looking :]