The Wet Woodland Bird Survey
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
|Appearance||The largest of the thrushes. The upperparts are a buffy
grey-brown with pale edges to the flight feathers. The underparts are white, heavily
spotted black. In undulating flight, it shows a grey-brown rump and white corners to
Size: 26-28cm tall
|Voice||Loud tuk-tuk call, has a dry, rattling, chuckle, blackbird-like, fluty song, but faster.|
|Habitat||Gardens, heaths, woods, fields and hedges.|
|Food||Berries, worms and insects.|
|Breeding Habits||4-5 eggs in a cup-like nest in a fork of a tree.
Incubation takes 12-15 days and fledging takes 20 days.
2 broods per year; March-May.
|Location in Wet Woodland||A family group was seen in the tree tops a couple of weeks before the survey took place. There are many breeding areas for this species nearby. Family flocks of Mistle Thrushes pass through many places to feed.|