Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus


This pale, black-spotted thrush is large, aggressive and powerful. It stands boldly upright and bounds across the ground while in flight, it has long wings and white outer tail feathers. 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.

Identification difficulty

It can be seen in woodland, parkland and gardens.

When to see it

All year round. Watch for flocks in July and August.

Life History

Feeds on worms, slugs, insects and berries.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map