Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

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The Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae. It is found in open woods and cultivated land over all of Europe and much of Asia. Many northern birds move south during the winter, with migrating birds sometimes forming small flocks.


The Mistle Thrush is the largest thrush native to Europe, being distinctly larger than the similar Song Thrush and larger even than the Common Blackbird. The male sings its loud melodious song from a tree, rooftop or other elevated perch, often during bad weather or at night, and starting relatively early in the spring — hence the Mistle Thrush’s old name of “Stormcock”.


They nest in trees, laying several eggs in a neat cup-shaped nest lined with grass.


It is omnivorous, eating insects, worms, small reptiles, seeds and berries. In Captivity: Paradise Earth Premium Softbill Blend, Insect Blend, Nectar and Fresh fruit.