A report on Common cuckoo and Song thrush

Common cuckoo in flight
A parent feeding chicks in their nest in a New Zealand garden
A Eurasian cuckoo (C. c. bakeri) from Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in East Sikkim, India.
A Song Thrush in Germany
Cuckoo adult (top) mimics sparrowhawk, giving female time to lay eggs parasitically
In flight
This Eurasian reed warbler is raising a common cuckoo.
Juvenile in New Zealand
Cuckoo eggs mimicking smaller eggs, in this case of reed warbler
Juvenile in a forest near Dombaih, Russia (Caucasus Mountains)
Cuculus canorus canorus in a nest Acrocephalus arundinaceus - MHNT
Three eggs in a nest
Cuculus canorus bangsi in a nest Phoenicurus moussieri - MHNT
Broken shells of grove snails on an 'anvil'
A chick of the common cuckoo in the nest of a tree pipit
In New Zealand
Golden cuckoo in the coat of arms of Suomenniemi
Song thrush in Slovenia

The song thrush is occasionally a host of parasitic cuckoos, such as the common cuckoo, but this is very rare because the thrush recognizes the cuckoo's non-mimetic eggs.

- Song thrush

279) Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)

- Common cuckoo

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Common blackbird

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Species of true thrush.

Species of true thrush.

Female of subspecies merula
Historic image of blackbird in Nederlandsche Vogelen (1770)
Male blackbird with earthworm
Adult male feeding on cherries in Lausanne, Switzerland
A male attempting to distract a kestrel close to its nest
"Sing a Song for Sixpence" cover illustration
T. m. cabrerae on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Juvenile T. m. merula in England
Young adult T. m. merula in Oxfordshire
A leucistic adult male in England with much white in the plumage
Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden
Eggs in a nest
Two chicks in a nest

Although two European thrushes, the song thrush and mistle thrush, are early offshoots from the Eurasian lineage of Turdus thrushes after they spread north from Africa, the blackbird is descended from ancestors that had colonised the Canary Islands from Africa and subsequently reached Europe from there.

This species is occasionally a host of parasitic cuckoos, such as the common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), but this is minimal because the common blackbird recognizes the adult of the parasitic species and its non-mimetic eggs.

Mistle thrush

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Bird common to much of Europe, temperate Asia and North Africa.

Bird common to much of Europe, temperate Asia and North Africa.

In Kazakhstan
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Male (left) passing earthworms to female on nest
The mistle thrush derives its English and scientific names from mistletoe, a favourite food.
A castor bean tick swollen with the blood of its host
Mistle Thrush and Alpine Chough by Giovanni da Udine

A mitochondrial DNA study identified the mistle thrush's closest relatives as the similarly plumaged song and Chinese thrushes; these three species are early offshoots from the Eurasian lineage of Turdus thrushes after they spread north from Africa.

The mistle thrush is not normally a host of the common cuckoo, a brood parasite.