Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos


    A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland making it a Red List species. It is smaller and browner than a Mistle Thrush with smaller spotting. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguishes it from singing Blackbirds.

    Identification difficulty

    Woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens across the UK - wherever there are bushes and trees

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    It likes to eat snails, which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone, referred to as its anvil, with a flick of the head.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread

    VC55 Status

    A common breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map