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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 11:33   #1
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Mistle Trush

Hi,

at saturday I saw this bird in protected area Nuthe Nieplitz near Berlin.
For a Song Trush it sems a to big.

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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 12:04   #2
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I guess you're right. Song Thrush is probably very rare at this time of year near Berlin (only a few stay in the Netherlands).
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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 12:07   #3
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yes, it's a mistle thrush.
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Old Tuesday 17th January 2006, 19:35   #4
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I've got a book and a DVD to help me identify birds. The book says Song Thrushes are the upright, and the DVD says that the Mistle Thrushes are. We had a plump thrush in our garden at the weekend eating our bread. It wasn't very upright so at the time I reckoned it was a mistle thrush, but now I'm not sure.
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Old Tuesday 17th January 2006, 22:26   #5
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A Song Thrush is smaller than the Blackbird and the Mistle Thrush is bigger.Here in the North East of England,the Blackbird is common, so it is easy to see the difference.
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Old Tuesday 17th January 2006, 22:38   #6
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Mistle thrushes are the more upright also they tend to pose more. Song thrushes are generally more active but none of these behavioural traits can be used to successfully id. Breast pattern is what you need to look for also song thrush has more even brown upper plumage whereas a mistle has a more greyer brown with a subtle variation in greyness throughout the upperparts. Best thing to do is to study your books until it clicks. I agree with lou and think this bird is a mistle.
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Thanks for the top tips, I'll look for the pattern and colour in future.
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You can also make out the white in the tail on this bird - another feature to distinguish it from Song Thrush
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