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Mistle Thrush

(Turdus viscivorus)
Alternate name(s): "Stormcock", "Holm Thrush", "Holm Cock", "Hollin Cock"
German name(s): "Misteldrossel"

Size: 27-28 cm; wing span: 45 cm
Weight: 95-165 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Mistle Thrush at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "viscivorus"


Sex unknown

Frontal view of an adult Mistle Thrush (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Frontal view of an adult Mistle Thrush with its head turned more sideways (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Mistle Thrush (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2017]

Food, Diet

As their scientific name already suggests ("viscivorus" = "Mistletoe-Eater"), Mistle Thrushes have a liking for the fruit of mistletoe (and other fruit and berries). Their mainstay throughout the year are invertebrates, such as earthworms.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

msthrsh_dw_20160715.m4a viscivorus
(Ctl Poland)
Warning calls(?) © DW

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