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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 Greekย philo- (loving) andย 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.)

18 responses

  1. Lovely work, once again. And thanks for the ID tips. This birdwatching / identity think can get confusing!
    Great stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

  2. I love the song of the various thrush. It is soothing and very melodic. None nest in my area but I’ve heard the song and call in the forest of east Texas. This is an excellent photo once again.

    December 6, 2014 at 3:10 PM

  3. Super shot and thanks for the tips Camilla! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

  4. You have to like the attitude of going all in .

    December 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

  5. That’s a lovely sharp image of the bird Camilla

    December 6, 2014 at 6:14 PM

  6. What a beautiful image; I love the rich color and detail you captured.

    December 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

  7. What an interesting bird. Good photo of it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 7, 2014 at 1:51 AM

  8. Sweet as a Picture

    Beautiful shot!

    December 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM

  9. The Latin origins are always so interesting, aren’t they? How I love the thrushes songs here in the US – we have several with beautiful,haunting songs.

    December 14, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    • I agree, Lynn! The scientific names are often more interesting than the regular names. ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

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