Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
Mistle Thrush, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2002 - click for larger image Scotland and Morocco

The Mistle Thrush is found throughout most of Europe and in parts of north Africa, the Middle East and into Siberia. Birds breeding in Scandinavia and northern and central Europe migrate southwards during winter but otherwise they are more sedentary.

Mistle Thrush, Carrbridge, Scotland, September 2002 - click for larger image It used to be much rarer in Scotland but has spread northwards and westwards in the 19th and 20th centuries.

It is superficially similar to Song Thrush Turdus philomelos but is larger and greyer with round rather than arrow-head spots on the breast. It tends to stand more upright and, in flight, it shows white on the edges of the tail and under the wings. Its song is louder and more monotonous than that of the Song Thrush.

There is a BTO video showing the differences between Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush.

The second photo is of a bird that was giving a distraction "broken wing" display as it ran and hopped ahead of me along a path in the Highlands. This was in early September so, assuming it had a nest close by, it must have been a second or even third brood for the bird.

Mistle Thrush, Oulaimeden, Morocco, April 2014 - click for larger image Photo 3 was taken in Morocco and is of the sub-species T. v. deichleri which is paler than other sub-species.

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