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Conservation status: Red

A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland making it a Red List species. Smaller and browner than a mistle thrush with smaller spotting. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguish it from singing blackbirds. It likes to eat snails which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone with a flick of the head.

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Overview

Latin name

Turdus philomelos

Family

Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

Where to see them

Woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens across the UK - wherever there are bushes and trees.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Worms, snails and fruit.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-1,144,000 territories--

Distribution

Key

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto