Mistle Thrush

The Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) is a small bird.

The Mistle Thrush has pale grey-brown upper parts, a greyish-white chin and throat, and black spots on its yellow-beige underparts. It has a rounded head, long pointed wings, and a long tail with white tips. Its eyes are dark-brown and its beak is blackish. It has yellowish-brown legs and feet. 

Mistle Thrush

It grows to about 28 centimetres (11 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 45 centimetres (18 inches).

The Mistle Thrush is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Some stay close to home (they are resident) and some migrate to warmer locations in winter. It prefers opens woods, parks, hedges, and cultivated farm lands. 

It usually forages for food on the ground. It feeds on insects, worms, seeds, plants and berries. It is called Mistle Thrush because it likes to eat the fruit (the berries) of mistletoe bushes.

It can be seen individually or in pairs.

The female makes a cup-shaped nest in a forked branch of a tree. She lays 3-5 eggs, which hatch after 12-15 days. The chicks gain their flight feathers after 14-16 days. 

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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