Mistle-Thrush

Mistle-Thrush

The Mistle Thrush nest in the junction of a tree branch, which is grass lined. These birds are very shy and wary; they grow to about 25 cm to 30 cm and stand very upright. The Mistle Thrush breeds from March through to July. The breeding pair will not tolerate other Mistle Thrushes in their breeding territory, which often only covers a small area. They will search for food over a relatively large area to feed their chicks and feed on a very large variety of food sources. The female lays around 5 pale blue/green red/brown spotted eggs which take around 2 weeks to incubate. Fledging around 2 weeks later, the chicks are fed by both the adults for around 3 weeks after this. The pair may raise a second brood with the female taking care of the incubation and the male looking after the first fledglings. Mistle Thrushes can live for a long time and get to 10 or more years old.

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