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Grey brown back, dark eye in plain face. Spots have an irregular pattern.
Most of range covered by nominate viscivorus; North-West Africa, Corsica and Sardinia by very similar but slightly paler and greyer deichleri. In general birds become paler and less spotted towards the east of the Region.
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Song Thrush has browner upperparts and 'arrow-shaped' spots.
A common and widespread breeder in the region.
Breeds in the British Isles, France and Iberia east across Europe to the Urals. Breeds in south-east Norway and in much of lowland Sweden and Finland and in Russia north to the White Sea. In the south breeds patchily in north Mediterranean countries and on Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. Also breeds parts of Turkey and the Caucasus, in the Atlas Mountains of North-West Africa and possibly regularly on Madeira.
Migratory in northern Scandinavia and from Poland eastwards, remainder of range varies from sedentary to partial migrant. Most migrants winter within range of more southerly breeders but becomes more widespread around the Mediterranean from September-April.
Open woods, parks & gardens. Light woodland and open country, often in parks and large gardens. After breeding commonly moves to areas with abundant supplies of berries, ivy, yew, holly and mistletoe are favoured. Also feeds in open grassland, playing fields and farmland.
Looks tall when standing.
The nest is a big, loose, cup of roots, leaves and moss. It is usually placed high in a tree. The clutch consists of 4 greenish-blue eggs with red marks which are incubated for 15-16 days. The young fledge about 2 weeks later. There may be two broods in the season which runs from late March to July.
Diet includes worms, fruit, seeds, invertebrates.
Song: loud, disjointed, not very varied.
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