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mistle thrush

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a large European thrush, Turdus viscivorus, with a brown back and spotted breast, noted for feeding on mistletoe berries

Mistle Thrush


(Turdus viscivorus ), a bird of the family Turdidae Of the order Passeriformes. It is the largest of the European thrushes, with a body measuring up to 30 cm long. The back is grayish brown, and the underpart is light with dark spots. The bird inhabits the pine forests (in the north) and deciduous forests of Europe and Asia, as far east as the Sayan Mountains and as far south as the Himalayas. It nests in trees and lays a clutch of four-five greenish eggs. The mistle thrush feeds on invertebrates as well as berries (of the mountain ash, mistletoe), the seeds of which it distributes because they are not digested. In the years of abundant mountain ash harvest, the mistle thrush sometimes winters in the north.

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Mistle thrushes can survive winter frosts and snow, but the current milder weather more suits sitting on a clutch of eggs.
Mistle Thrushes are often confused with the Song Thrush, but there are several differences.
Redwings, and mistle thrushes are often with them at this time of year, with attendant finches, robins and titmicemoving through the hedgerows in search of a feast.
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And when they do go, it seems that they take the last vestige of summer with them, but the void is soon filled by flocks redwings, fieldfares and mistle thrushes.
John Bannon watched three young mistle thrushes being fed by their parents on Lord Street, Southport, on Sunday.
Bob Hughes reports three young mistle thrushes in Chavasse Park, Liverpool, where his two chiffchaffs still linger.
A PAIR of mistle thrushes are enjoying city living with a difference on one of Liverpool's busiest streets.
TThis year, high up on the scaffolding of a building site in Sefton Street, mistle thrushes have already raised a family of three young.
These are the trees which have provided nesting sites for goldfinches, mistle thrushes, woodpigeons and collared doves; the open grassland where bee orchids and marsh orchids have found a niche, where an amazing 16 species of butterflies have been recorded this year.
Two pairs of mistle thrushes in Liverpool city centre already had first young out of the nest by the end of February and are now sitting on second clutches.
The eggs of the mistle thrushes referred to in last week's article (in a nest by Liverpool Museum) had already hatched by February 12 and another pair have been seen carrying worms to a nest inside a covered car park along the Strand.