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Conservation status: Amber

This is a pale, black-spotted thrush - large, aggressive and powerful. It stands boldly upright and bounds across the ground while in flight, it has long wings and its tail has whitish edges. 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.

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Overview

Latin name

Turdus viscivorus

Family

Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

Where to see them

This is a widespread bird in the UK, found almost everywhere except the highest, barest ground, and absent from the northern and western isles of Scotland. It can be seen in woodland, parkland and gardens.

When to see them

All year round. Watch for flocks in July and August.

What they eat

Worms, slugs, insects and berries.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-170,000 territories--

Distribution

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Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto