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    Mistle Thrush

    Turdus viscivorus

    Information

    The Mistle Thrush owes its name to its preference for the sticky mistletoe berries. This hemi-parasitic plant is mainly disseminated by the Mistle Thrush. The seeds may be transferred from tree to tree in birds' droppings, passing their digestive system unharmed, or they may be directly placed on a branch when the bird wipes its bill clean. In winter, Mistle Thrushes vehemently defend berry-bearing trees.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    regular, common breeder and migrant, scarce winter visitor
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    80'000 - 120'000 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    predominantly short-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    26-29
    wing span (cm)
    42-47.5
    Weight (g)
    110-140
    Nest site
    trees
    Food
    earthworms, insects, berries
    Group
    Chats and Thrushes
    Habitat
    forest, farmland
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution