Throstle is the Old English name for a song thrush. We have several breeding pairs in the park; if you visit early in the morning, wherever you go, you can hear a throstle singing about his territory and challenging competitors.

The song thrush is red listed as a bird of serious conservation concern in the UK. The British Trust for Ornithology has monitored bird populations for decades and found that the population of song thrushes in England declined by more than 50% between 1970 and 1995. This decline was most pronounced on farmland, where the population decreased by about 70%. There has been a partial recovery in numbers during the last decade.

Above: Song thrush by DKG
Header picture: Song thrush by Simon Chinnery [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Here is the throstle’s song:

Recorded by David Bissett at Mill Meadows Nature Reserve

2 thoughts on “Throstle

  1. Another way to identify their songs is that Song thrushes tend to repeat the phrases three times.

    1. Yes, that’s an important and distinguishing detail. Blackbirds, which also sit up high and sing complex songs very loudly, don’t repeat phrases at all.

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