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.
Number of broods
Number in Britain
Conservation Status UK
Status in UK
Migrant/Resident Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor
Forest, woodland, towns
First clutches laid
Age at First Breeding
Maximum Recorded Age
11 years, 4 months