Turdidae - Thrushes
The thrushes are a large (over 300 species) and diverse family of birds, which can be split into two broad groups, the larger true thrushes and the smaller chats; some authorities also include the flycatchers (Muscicapidae) in this group. The thrushes are relatively uniform in size and shape, reflected in the fact most are placed in a single genus (Turdus). This is one of the most species-rich genera in the world, including over 60 species. It is also one of the most widespread, with representatives, and at least one common garden species, on all continents except Australia and Antarctica - for example the Blackbird in Europe, or the American Robin of North America (so-called because of its red breast, not because it is particularly related to the European Robin). All are fairly unspecialised ground foragers and are fairly omnivorous taking a range of invertebrates and fruit.
Most species are monogamous, and in some species (the less migratory ones) the pair bond maybe maintained through the year. Others particularly European species, such as the Redwing and Fieldfare are highly gregarious in the non-breeding season, often gathering in flocks of hundreds or thousands, especially in cold weather.
The Blackbird and Song Thrush are common garden birds throughout Britain and larger the Mistle Thrush may attract attention with its loud, football-rattle call.
Regularly Occurring Species
See also Chats
Blue Rock Thrush
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