Song thrush or mistle thrush?

It is difficult to tell if this is a song thrush (Turdus philomelos) or a mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus). DKG, who took the photograph, thinks it is a mistle thrush but there is dissent among the FoSCP.

A mistle thrush or a song thrush?

Here is a link to a British Trust for Ornithology article about the differences between song and mistle thrushes. Contact us or comment below and tell us which you think it is.

There are two more species of thrush that breed in the UK:  the blackbird (Turdus merula) and the much less common ring ouzel (Turdus torquatus). These are both easily identifiable.

Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) and redwings (Turdus iliacus), winter visitors to the park, who rarely breed in the UK, share the spotted breast and grey/brown colouration of the song and mistle thrushes but have distinctive features that make them easily identified.


Header picture and main picture: DKG; other pictures: Google Images

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2 thoughts on “Song thrush or mistle thrush?

  1. I think it is a song thrush, From what I remember a mistle thrush is a much larger and more agressive looking bird with more prominent spots.

    Sadly I seen neither very often these days.

    Barbara Johnson.

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