Thrush: characteristics and song

Thrush: characteristics and song

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The thrush it is a bird, but a lesser known fish also bears the same name. In order not to get confused, we get to know both, concentrating more on the bird, more well known and with peculiar and sound characteristics that the fish, as you will imagine, cannot have.

Thrush: characteristics

There are various species but usually thrush means the Bottaccior, a turdide of about 23cm long which shows off a decidedly colorful, parade plumage to our eyes. In the upper part of the body it has a prevailing dark color but stands out in this gloomy stretch cream colored throat which also bears small brown spots, not always present. The belly, unlike the upper part, is grayish-white in color but always stained with browns, especially in the chest and hips area.

There is no big difference between the male and the female of this animal, or at least it is not a difference that can be noticed with the eyes, It is necessary to listen to them and listen to how they sing to understand if we are in the presence of a I am a male or a female. From the plumage alone, the male and the female are not recognizable and one should guess.

Also in terms of migration, this bird has specific habits that it is curious to know and investigate. For example, he is an early riser and moves only in the early hours of the morning and then is not seen during the day. We in Italy can attend his annual overwinter because i thrushes they are very common birds not only on our peninsula but also in the islands, in particular they love to nest quite regularly on the reliefs of the entire Alpine arc and theNorthern and central Apennines. If we are looking for thrush nests, we can also find them at low altitudes, never above 1,500 meters.

Under the 400 meters in truth it is difficult to spot a specimen, they are birds that live in woods consisting of broad-leaved trees mixed with conifers and which prefer trees such as spruce and larch to settle.

In general theBottaccio and his other thrush brothers inhabit hilly and mountainous wooded areas of pure or mixed conifers with broad-leaved trees, if they can they go where fresh, young and dense woods arise, rich in undergrowth. Perhaps because of the degradation that has invested his habitat, this bird has deviated towards other types of landscapes showing that it prefers areas of the valley floor, foothills and plains, always avoiding too dry formations such as, for example, pine forests.

As we will see later, there is also the redwing and the bottaccio is often confused with it because the two are similar in size. It is the habits of both that are very different and this is how the more experienced can understand which bird they are facing.

Song of the thrush

The sound qualities of the bottaccio they are quite well known or at least recognizable even if not always appreciated, not by everyone. This bird emits a dry and metallic verse called zizzo which is truly one of a kind, its singing is considered one of the most melodious.


Being easy to mistake for the thrush already seen, the bottaccio, you will well imagine that we are dealing with a bird with similar characteristics. As a size, it is 22 centimeters long and has an average weight of 70 grams. Like the bottaccio, it has dark plumage in the upper part, which then becomes lighter as it descends. There are also dark streaks in the lower parts and the cream-colored eyebrow that catches the eye as the reddish under-wing catches the eye. Between the Bottaccio and the sassello the difference lies precisely in the under-wing that the former has a cream color and not a reddish color, but the voice is also completely different.

Thrush: recall

Even online, as in specialized shops, we can buy a recall for these birds, there are various models, I have selected two with a good value for money and which are from order on Amazon. One costs 3 euros and 50 cents, another, in brass, just under 10 euros.

Thrush: fish

The fish we call peacock thrush in the scientific world it is called "Symphodus tinca". It is a marine bony fish of the Labridae family present in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from Morocco to the Bay of Biscay. It is therefore not difficult to meet it for us who dive into our seas, it frequents rocky bottoms and is at a depth of 1 to 20 meters.

Among its peculiarities is the lip, very developed, pointed, but also its livery is admirable, it is of a grayish or very light brown background color but it has 3 very evident horizontal dark bands, one of which passes just under the dorsal fin. On the muzzle, at eye level, there is also one dark V-shaped band with the tip pointing back which makes it almost expressive, despite being and remains a fish.

If you like the thrush, the bird, and other similar ones, you cannot fail to celebrate the World Day of Migratory Birds which falls on May 10.

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