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Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)


The Mistle Thrush has a length of 28 cm with a wingspan of 45 cm, weighing 93 to 167g. It has a stocky upright posture when on the ground and has pale-brown upper parts, the chin and throat are greyish-white, and the off-white belly are marked with round black spots. Adults have a full moult after breeding, beginning between late May and completed by early October. Juvenile birds have a partial moult, replacing their head, body and covert feathers. There is no plumage difference between the sexes. The long tail has white tips on the outer feathers and the underwing coverts are white.


The Mistle Thrush is shown to prefer coniferous forests in most of Europe but is known to adapt into farmland, suburbs and urban parks.


The Mistle Thrush are known to feed mainly on invertebrates, fruit and berries. Animal prey includes earthworms, insects and other arthropods.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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