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A once common bird the song thrush is now far less so and is seen less frequently in gardens than thirty years ago.


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Song Thrush: the herald of spring

Post date: Monday, 30 March, 2015 - 00:00

Even before we get to the shortest day in mid-winter and when all birds, other than the robin, are quiet somehow the song thrush (Turdus philomelos) will be able to tell better times are ahead. It will perch high in a tree and proclaim to anyone who will listen that the darkening days are almost behind and the corner towards spring is about to be turned. The robin is the sole singer (or is it the 'soul' singer with that plaintiff winter song?) for the previous three months but gradually the song thrush joins in. With its clear melodious phrases it is a true herald of the coming of spring.

Once upon a time the song thrush was common in gardens but in recent years the numbers have crashed and now it ranks number 17 in the garden bird league table when thirty years ago it was number 10. Fortunately the decline of this species does seem to have stalled and the population stabilised and one hears them quite often out in the countryside but they are still only very occasional visitors to gardens.
Song thrushes are lovely birds with seemingly a very gentle nature and are easily bullied and seen off by their more aggressive cousin, the blackbird. 


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Song Thrush
Scientific Name Turdus philomelos
Status Local
Interest Level
Species Family Thrushes
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Farmland
  • Gardens and parks
  • Woodland - broadleaf
Look for The famous speckled breast
Additional Identification Notes
  • Much reduced population levels now and seen less often in gardens
  • Smaller than the mistle thrush and with a less upright stance
  • Most often seen now on a high perch singing its tuneful but repetitive refrains