Song Thrush - Hebridean Birds

Western Isles Birds - Song Thrush - one of the commonest birds to be seen throughout Scotland and The UK.

Easily recognised by its brown upperparts and cream coloured heavily spotted underparts - when it is flying you will see that this lovely bird has orange - yellow underwing parts.


The Hebridean Song Thrush Turdus philomelos hebridensis is the thrush which resides here in the islands.

This breed of thrush has a dark-brown back, greyish rump (above tail), pale buff base colour to the underparts and grey-tinged flanks.



Song Thrush -  Western Isles Bird Sightings
Bird Overview - Song Thrush
Family
Thrushes
Latin name
Turdus philomeios

 Population
Common


Similar Species
Mistke Thrush
Redwing
Description
The song thrush is a most attractive bird - has warm brown underparts - a little paler underneath with spots or 'speckles' on its underparts. A distinctive orange underwing can be seen when in flight.

Size
23cm - 9ins
Habitat
These birds can be seen in gardens, woodlands even on the beaches in The Western Isles. (i expect this is perhaps because on the moorlands covered cliff tops - there will be an abundance of snails.

Food
Snails form a large part of its diet. These birds are adept at using rocks and stones to assist them cracking the snail shells open They also eat earth worms insects and berries.

Voice
Song Thrushes have a melodic song - two or three phrases repeated again and again.
Breeding
The nest of the song thrush is made of leaves and twigs and the thrush lays 4 or 5 eggs which are spotted with black spots - the eggs are pale blue. Incubation is 12-14 days and the young fledge at 14-16days. The breeding season lasts from March to August.

Misc. Info

Song Thrushes are caught and eaten by other birds such as Sparrowhawks and in urban areas many are victims of cats.

The Hebridean Song Thrush Turdus philomelos hebridensis is the thrush which resides here in the islands. This breed of thrush has a dark-brown back, greyish rump (above tail), pale buff base colour to the underparts and grey-tinged flanks.

The other species are more common around Stornoway. These birds have warmer-brown upperparts, an olive-tinged rump and a rich yellow base colour to the underparts. Both species mix and therefore the characteristics of both may be seen in some birds

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