Song Thrush

Identification - the Song Thrush is a neat, smallish bird with a fairly short tail. It is plain brown on its back down to the tip of the tail with a yellowish breast and whitish belly, both with black arrow-shaped speckles. The underwings are rusty - buff coloured. Both sexes are similar. It has a discrete call. (Mullarney et al 2001)

General ecology - it is common in a variety of habitats including fields, woodlands and gardens. There has been a 73% decline in numbers on farmland and a 49% decline in woodlands since the 1970s. It is common and widespread in Essex. Its main food source is snails, worms and insects. The main threats are change in farming practises, severe weather patterns, predation, blackbird competition and hunting in southern France.

(Photo - Alan Williams)