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Mistle Thrush


This is a pale, black-spotted thrush - large, aggressive and powerful. It stands boldly upright and tend bounds across the ground while in flight, it has long wings and its tail has whitish edges, and the under-wings are white.

The Song Thrush has yellowish under-wings, and is less aggressive than the Mistle Thrush.

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. Generally they tend not to join in the dawn chorus, but rather sing on sunny mornings and afternoons. They nest in trees, laying several eggs in a neat cup-shaped nest lined with grass.

The Mistle Thrush is a common bird in the UK, found almost everywhere, It can be seen in woodland, parkland and gardens. The Mistle Thrush's closest relative is the similarly plumaged Song Thrush.



Maximum Recorded Age
11 years, 4 months

Typical lifespan
3 years

Age at First Breeding
1 year

First clutches laid
Late March

Number of broods

Number in Britain

Conservation Status UK

Status in UK
Migrant/Resident Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor

14-17 days



Forest, woodland, towns

First Record
8th Century

Egg Size
30x22 mm

Egg Weight

Clutch Size
4 eggs

15-16 days

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