A report on RedwingFieldfare and Song thrush

Head of T. i. coburni in Iceland
Fieldfares in winter
A parent feeding chicks in their nest in a New Zealand garden
Egg, Collection Museum Wiesbaden
Berries form an important part of the winter diet
A Song Thrush in Germany
Nests are often constructed on the ground.
Fieldfare eating worms
In flight
A spectrogram showing an example of the song structure of a Redwing in Iceland. Terminology is applied.
Fieldfare in front of the window
Juvenile in New Zealand
Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
Juvenile in a forest near Dombaih, Russia (Caucasus Mountains)
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Three eggs in a nest
Broken shells of grove snails on an 'anvil'
In New Zealand
Song thrush in Slovenia

The redwing (Turdus iliacus) is a bird in the thrush family, Turdidae, native to Europe and the Palearctic, slightly smaller than the related song thrush.

- Redwing

Migrating birds and wintering birds often form large flocks, often in the company of redwings.

- Fieldfare

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 fieldfare is descended from ancestors that had colonised the Caribbean islands from Africa and subsequently reached Europe from there.

- Fieldfare

Migrating and wintering birds often form loose flocks of 10 to 200 or more birds, often feeding together with fieldfares, common blackbirds, and starlings, sometimes also with mistle thrushes, song thrushes, and ring ouzels.

- Redwing

The most similar European thrush species is the redwing (T. iliacus), but that bird has a strong white supercilium, red flanks, and shows a red underwing in flight.

- Song thrush

The song thrush is not usually gregarious, although several birds may roost together in winter or be loosely associated in suitable feeding habitats, perhaps with other thrushes such as the blackbird, fieldfare, redwing and dark-throated thrush.

- Song thrush

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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.

It forages within its breeding habitat and in open fields, sometimes sharing these feeding areas with redwings or fieldfares.