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Turdus viscivorus
Mistle Thrush © Tommy Holden

• Population

• Productivity

• Additional

Conservation listings
Europe: no SPEC category (concentrated in Europe, conservation status favourable)
UK: amber (25–50% population decline)
Long-term trend
UK: moderate decline
England: rapid decline
UK population size
222,500 territories in 2000 (1988–91 Atlas estimate updated using CBC/BBS trend: BiE04, APEP06)
Status summary
Like those of Song Thrush and Blackbird, Mistle Thrush populations have declined significantly since the mid 1970s, especially on farmland. The species was recently moved from the green to the amber list because of population decline, and recent BBS data suggest that this decline is continuing. The Scottish BBS trend, in contrast to those elsewhere in the UK, is of strong increase since the late 1990s. There has been linear increase in the number of fledglings per breeding attempt, and a minor increase in clutch size; population decline is thus likely to have been driven by reduced annual survival (Siriwardena et al. 1998). Numbers have fallen widely in Europe since 1980 (PECBMS 2010).
CBC/BBS UK graph

1967-2008: -47% (confidence interval -55% to -37%)

Population changes in detail

 Demographic trends

Fledglings per breeding attempt graph
Laying date graph
More on demographic trends
Additional information

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This report should be cited as: Baillie, S.R., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Renwick, A.R., Joys, A.C., Noble, D.G., Barimore, C., Conway, G.J., Downie, I.S., Risely, K. & Robinson, R.A. (2010). Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2010. BTO Research Report No. 565. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends)

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