Wishing you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! As usual this time of the year, I’m off to Sweden 🙂 See you again in 2015!
This Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) rummaged through leaf-litter seeking potential food items. As you can see, the whole beak went into the mud in hopes of finding an earthworm, a snail or perhaps some nice berries.
About its scientific name: The generic name, Turdus, is the Latin for thrush, and the specific epithet refers to a character in Greek mythology, Philomela, who had her tongue cut out but was changed into a singing bird. Her name is derived from the Ancient Greek philo- (loving) and melos (song).
PS. It can be a bit tricky to identify a Song Thrush since it looks quite similar to some other thrushes. If you see one, you can -besides checking your bird book- keep these general observations in mind: The spots on its breast look a bit like arrows pointing upwards. (Compare with e.g. Mistle Thrush which has more round spots and the Fieldfare which has arrow-shaped spots pointing downwards.) The back has a warm brown colour and part of the chest is warm beige. (The Mistle Thrush’s back has a more cold brown colour and the chest is lighter beige.) The face looks friendly and has warm colour tones. (The Mistle Thrush looks paler.)