Mistle Thrush

Turdus viscivorus

(T. v. viscivorus)

Armenian Name: Սոսնձակեռնեխ
Mistle Thrush

See Plate 47 for Mistle Thrush and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:27 cm, Wing Span:42-47.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 260.
Description: Pale gray-brown thrush with bold black spots on underparts, and white tips to outertail feathers; white underwing coverts visible in flight.
Adult: Plain upperparts with white-tipped wing coverts.
Juvenile: Extensively marked with off-white spots and streaks above.
Similar Species: Differs from Song Thrush by larger size, paler grayer color, white tail spots and, in flight, white underwing coverts.
Behavior: Highly territorial during breeding season, but forms small flocks in autumn, sometimes 50 or 60 birds. Flight is undulating with 3 or 4 deep wingbeats, followed by a dip with the wings drawn in. Single birds often very aggressively defend berry trees in winter. Loud rattling call distinctive.
Habitat: Woodland glades, orchards, parks, riverside forest, mountain steppe with shrubs.
Food: Invertebrates; seeds and fruits in winter.
Nest: Cup of dry grass, usually high in fork of tree.
Eggs: 32 mm, 3-5, pale blue, red-brown spots.