Song thrush: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Wednesday, 23 February 2011

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Song-Thrush (top) and Blackbird (bottom). A Hand-Book to the Birds of Great Britain by R. Bowdler Sharpe

Song-Thrush (top) and Blackbird (bottom). A Hand-Book to the Birds of Great Britain by R. Bowdler Sharpe

Song thrushes are a familiar sight on garden lawns and flower beds. They cock their heads alertly to one side, appearing to be “listening” for worms, but actually scrutinising the ground for food. In winter, snails form a large part of the diet, their shells being smashed against a nearby “anvil” stone. These gentle birds sing almost all year round, in bursts of repeated phrases.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 905 published on 26 May 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

 

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