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The Mistle Thrush.

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Falconbird Thu 19-Mar-15 08:44:31

I posted on another thread "National Bird" about the Mistle Thrush. I haven't seen one for ages. The Mistle Thrush stands up very straight whereas the Song Thrush has more of a stooped posture.

I think I saw two Song Thrushes in our local park recently, but I'm not sure.

Any bird experts out there?

When I was a child I used to see Thrushes in parks and gardens all the time. They are so beautiful.

whitewave Thu 19-Mar-15 08:48:22

I think it is on the amber list so not in any real danger at the moment. Probably less around then when you were a child but not so few in numbers as to be alarmed.

Falconbird Thu 19-Mar-15 09:10:33

Thanks whitewave. Do you know the difference between a Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush? I looked it up but still not sure of the difference.

whitewave Thu 19-Mar-15 10:01:41

Well funny you should mention the song thrush as that poor bird is definitely on the red list.

It is smaller than the mistle thrush and has less distinguished spotted markings also if you get close enough it has a yellowish colouring along the underside of its wing.

The mistle thrush is quite a big robust bird.

Lapwing Thu 19-Mar-15 10:08:01

I used to get lots of Song Thrushes in the garden - but it seems like ages since I have seen any. Hard to believe that bird that used to be so common is now on the Red List.

Falconbird Fri 20-Mar-15 07:48:56

I think I've worked it out. The Song Thrush is a smaller, longer bird than the Mistle Thrush with less distinctive markings.

The Mistle Thrush stands very tall and has a pretty speckled chest.

I think the pair I saw in the park were Song Thrushes.

I haven't seen a Mistle Thrush for years but I have seen some Pied Wag Tails in the area.