• Name: Song Thrush | Turdus philomelos
  • Size: Stands around 23cm in height, slightly smaller than a Blackbird
  • Life span: Typically around 3 years; but the maximum recorded age is 10 years 8 months
  • Diet: The Song thrush eats worms, snails, caterpillars and fruit. Snails are a particular favourite.
  • Reproduction: Song thrushes are monogamous but do not mate for life.  The female will lay and incubate a clutch of around four to six glossy blue eggs, hatching around two weeks later.  Both the male and female feed the chicks
  • When to see: All year round (January to December)
  • Where to see: Song thrushes live in woodland, farmland, scrub, parks and gardens across the UK.  Song thrushes are regular garden visitors and also favour many of our outdoor cafes locally.  Head for Carreg Dhu Gardens, St Mary's to see them
  • Conservation status: ICUN Redlist | Least Concern (Global.  Birds of Conservation Concern 4 | Red (UK)
  • Population Trend: Decreasing
  • Threats:  The Song thrush was once one of our most common birds; it is now unfortunately a red-listed species of conservation concern her in the UK. Song thrushes have declined significantly since 1970, particularly in farmland areas; most likely due to habitat loss. Hedgerows, woodland and pasture are all valuable habitats for these birds; however, these are increasingly being lost due to changes in agricultural practices and woodland management.
  • Fun Fact: Song thrushes are one of the few British birds to eat snails

Description: The Song thrush has a warm-brown head, wings and back, and a cream breast covered in dark brown spots the shape of upside down hearts.  It has pink-brown legs and stands around 23cm high.

The Song Thrush occurs throughout the British Isles, it is a reasonably common breeding resident in the UK with about a million pairs, however like most British garden birds there has been a marked decline in recent years. 

Listen out for the striking song, often confused with that of the Blackbird which os often deeper and more melodious.  The Song thrushes song is distinctive; often repeating short phrases two or three times in a row.

Keep your eyes peeled for Snail "anvils" and smashed snail shells – a sure sign a song thrush has been nearby.  Song Thrushes have a tendency to return to the same stone(s) to smash open their collected Snail shells.


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With thanks to BareFoot Photographer for the Song thrush images