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Thrush species - Belgium / West Flanders / Knokke (1 Viewer)


Hi all,

Looking for some insights to help me decide the species for the bird in the attached pictures. The bird was spotted on a waterbreak along the Belgian North Sea coast. The nature reserve "Zwin" is located very close (like 200 meters or so) to the place of the observation.

The spotted breast and size appear to point to the "True Thrush" genus (Turdus) of the wider Thrush family (Turdidae). From this large group there are only a handful that are common in Europe. I am currently doubting between two birds for the reasons listed below. I would appreciate any help to clear up my confusion.
  • Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
    + Some pictures show a faint supercilium.
    + Spots on the breast and belly are more elongated, almost stripes.
    - No distinct supercilium.
    - No red / rufous flank.
  • Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)
    + Only white / brown colour tones.
    + More common than the Redwing.
    - No distinct triangular spots on the breast.
Location and timing details:
  • Country = Belgium
  • Province = West Flanders
  • Community = Knokke
  • Location = marked on Google Maps
  • Date = 2020-12-28
  • Time = 16:22
Thanks in advance!



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Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
It’s a Rock Pipit.

Welcome to Birdforum!

a bit of info here for you
https://www.birdspot.co.uk/bird-identification/rock-pipit 🙂

While you have noted some important features, don’t forget bill shape is a very important tool in identification.

Note the heavy bill of a Blackbird
or Redwing
or Song Thrush with a downwardly curved upper mandible
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Thank you for the fast answer!

After looking up some pictures I can see I was totally wrong with my guesses. Never heard of a Rock Pipit before so I did not consider it.

Glad I can add a new species to my collection :)

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