Song Thrush

Turdus philomelos

Length:       23 cm 

Wing Span: 33-36 cm 

Weight:      70-90 g 

Present:     All Year


Overview:  A songbird 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. Population on the island is still fairly good, unlike the rest of the British Isles where they are declining quite rapidly.

Nesting: A shady place in a bush or tree is the usual location for the nest. The nest is cup shaped and constructed from grass, twigs, and earth. The smooth, glossy bright blue eggs are spotted with black. The female incubates the eggs by herself. After the young hatch, they are fed by both parents.

Where to see them: Can be seen on any of the habitats around Shieling Holidays

When to see them: Can be seen anytime of the year

What they eatWorms, snails & fruit  

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