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Song thrush

Turdus philomelos

Description:
About 21 centimetres long, the song thrush has a fairly short tail and is brown above and yellowish white below, densely sprinkled with black spots. The rusty colour of its underwings is sometimes visible in flight.

Habitat:
Northern populations are migratory, wintering in Western and Southern Europe. The song thrush can be found in lush woodland, parks and gardens throughout Europe.

Habits:
The song thrush's nest is a well-concealed moss-covered bowl with a smooth grey interior of clay and dry grass. The thrush feeds on insects, snails and worms, often using a favourite stone on which to break open snail shells. The male’s song is a loud, clear run of repeated phrases, and an individual male may have a repertoire of over 100. It can imitate other birds and even telephones. It has one of the loudest bird calls for its weight.

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