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Length 20-24 cm (7Â¾-9Â½ in), weight 46-80 g
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Breeds in Iceland, northern Scotland (rare), Scandinavia, eastern Poland, the Baltic States, Belarus, and across most of Russia east to central Magadan Oblast in eastern Siberia.
Relationships unclear; a genetic study rather surprisingly suggested it is not related to other European and Asian thrushes, instead being closer to a group of American thrushes including T. migratorius.
There are two subspecies:
Winters in open countryside, hedges, orchards and open, grassy fields.
Breeds in mixed conifer and birch forests. In the wintering grounds, it feeds on berries in trees, and on invertebrates (earthworms, etc.) in moist grassland. It typically forms loose flocks mixed with Fieldfares and Common Starlings, and to a lesser extent with Song and Mistle Thrushes. Vagrants in North America usually associate with flocks of American Robins.
Fast and rather like a Common Starling, but with more rounded wings, and flying in looser flocks. Mainly migrates at night.
Its diet includes berries and worms.
Nests in tree stumps, in trees or bushes, or on the ground. Often assocated with Fieldfare colonies.
Call: a thin "see-ip" or "seeze".
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