mistle thrush

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mistle thrush

, missel thrush
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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The poor mistle thrush is just the latest in a long line of creatures struggling to survive in the 21st century.
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It has darker legs and tail than a mistle thrush, its wings are a richer brown and its head and rump are distinctly grey.
You might see a boldly-spotted Mistle Thrush defending its favourite berries.
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A male mistle thrush will stake his claim on a fruitful berry bush, in the hope of enticing a mate with the promise of a food store for the winter and coming spring.
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The mistle thrush is usually a shy bird and rarely ever seen in urban areas.
Ahead of the event, the RSPB remarked that Mistle Thrush numbers had halved in the past 10 years.