Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos



The Song Thrush is smaller than a Blackbird, with dark to olive back plumage, V-shaped brown-black spots on the underside, a pale eye-ring and streaks under its cheeks. Often confused with the Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) which is larger and has less distinct rounded spots on its underside. The Song Thrush has a vibrant full-throated song which can be quite musical with repeated phrasing.

As a ground feeder it hops and runs across open ground, plucking up worms, snails and slugs, and other invertebrates. It will also eat berries and other fruits, but is a somewhat reluctant visitor to the garden bird table. The nests are formed of grassy cups lined with mud and dung, built low in low vegetation like a bush or a hedge. The female lays 3 to 5 eggs in 2 or 3 broods from March to July. They can live for up to 5 years.

Seen all year round, and found in broadleaved woodland, parkland, farmland, gardens and parks with bushes and trees.

The Song Thrush has a red RSPB status as numbers have seriously declined, however they are still fairly common and widespread across the UK.