Song thrush at water

Song thrush

Ringing out loud and clear across the neighbourhood, the song thrush performs the most beautiful song. It's also a song that becomes richer and more complex as the bird grows older. Song thrushes call upon a repertoire of over one hundred phrases; usually delivered from an elevated stage, such as a chimney pot or tree top. They're also pretty good mimics of sounds gathered from the world around them. This most musical bird song has inspired many a poet, from Robert Browning and Thomas Hardy to William Wordsworth.

Did you know?
Song thrushes use a favourite 'anvil' stone to smash open snail shells for the tasty meat inside.

Scientific name: Turdus philomelos

Rank: Species

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The Song thrush can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Song thrush distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Turdidae
  7. Thrushes
  8. Song thrush

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