Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

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A pale, black-spotted thrush - large, aggressive and powerful. It stands boldly upright and bounds across the ground while in flight, it has long wings and its tail has whitish edges. It is most likely to be noticed perched high at the top of a tree, singing its fluty song or giving its rattling call in flight.

Where does it live?

They mainly are birds of open woodland, gardens and parkland but can be found in open moorland areas as well. A male will have several prominent song perches within its territory, such as tall trees or roofs.
Similar to breeding habitats, but in winter an individual will aggressively defend a source of food, noisily chasing everything else from its favoured berry bush.

Where to see it

This is a widespread bird in the UK, found almost everywhere except the highest, barest ground, and absent from the northern and western isles of Scotland. It can be seen in woodland, parkland and gardens.
What does it eat?
Worms, slugs, insects and berries.

What does it sound like?

Loud rattling call; wild almost blackbird-like song

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When to see it

All year round. Watch for flocks in July and August.

Similar species

Song thrush, Fieldfare