A report on Song thrush and Mistle thrush

A parent feeding chicks in their nest in a New Zealand garden
In Kazakhstan
A Song Thrush in Germany
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In flight
Male (left) passing earthworms to female on nest
Juvenile in New Zealand
The mistle thrush derives its English and scientific names from mistletoe, a favourite food.
Juvenile in a forest near Dombaih, Russia (Caucasus Mountains)
A castor bean tick swollen with the blood of its host
Three eggs in a nest
Mistle Thrush and Alpine Chough by Giovanni da Udine
Broken shells of grove snails on an 'anvil'
In New Zealand
Song thrush in Slovenia

A molecular study indicated that the song thrush's closest relatives are the similarly plumaged mistle thrush (T. viscivorus) and Chinese thrush (T. mupinensis); these three species are early offshoots from the Eurasian lineage of Turdus thrushes after they spread north from Africa.

- Song thrush

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.

- Mistle thrush

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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.

Redwing

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Head of T. i. coburni in Iceland
Egg, Collection Museum Wiesbaden
Nests are often constructed on the ground.
A spectrogram showing an example of the song structure of a Redwing in Iceland. Terminology is applied.

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.

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

Fieldfare

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Member of the thrush family Turdidae.

Member of the thrush family Turdidae.

Fieldfares in winter
Berries form an important part of the winter diet
Fieldfare eating worms
Fieldfare in front of the window
Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
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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.

Common cuckoo

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Member of the cuckoo order of birds, Cuculiformes, which includes the roadrunners, the anis and the coucals.

Member of the cuckoo order of birds, Cuculiformes, which includes the roadrunners, the anis and the coucals.

Common cuckoo in flight
A Eurasian cuckoo (C. c. bakeri) from Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in East Sikkim, India.
Cuckoo adult (top) mimics sparrowhawk, giving female time to lay eggs parasitically
This Eurasian reed warbler is raising a common cuckoo.
Cuckoo eggs mimicking smaller eggs, in this case of reed warbler
Cuculus canorus canorus in a nest Acrocephalus arundinaceus - MHNT
Cuculus canorus bangsi in a nest Phoenicurus moussieri - MHNT
A chick of the common cuckoo in the nest of a tree pipit
Golden cuckoo in the coat of arms of Suomenniemi

279) Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)

283) Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

Chinese thrush

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Species of bird in the family Turdidae.

Species of bird in the family Turdidae.

A recent molecular study places the Chinese thrush's closest relatives as the similarly plumaged European species, the song thrush (T. philomelos) and the mistle thrush (T. viscivorus), all three species early offshoots from the main Turdus radiation around the world.