Mistle Thrush

The mistle thrush is a pale, black-spotted thrush - large, aggressive and powerful and so called because it eats mistletoe. It stands boldly upright and bounds across the ground while in flight, it has long wings and its tail has whitish edges. It is most likely to be noticed perched high at the top of a tree, singing its fluty song or giving its rattling call in flight.


This is a widespread bird in the UK, found almost everywhere except the highest, barest ground, and absent from the northern and western isles of Scotland. It can be seen in woodland, parkland and gardens.

They eat worms, slugs, insects and berries.

A mistle thrush chick
Last Updated: 17th-May-2007 16:20 Print
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