Breastspotteddarkon darkbackground This thrush has been gathering what appear to be small earthworms on a lawn. It has the brown upperparts and paler speckled underparts typical of a thrush, but the plumage is much darker than would be expected from a Song or a Mistle Thrush. The breast and belly show a really quite dark background,striations with fine spots in striations, but not like the clearlydefined spots on an archetypal thrush. These features should narrow it down to one of two dark species, the Blackbird and the Ring Ouzel. Ouzels usually show a clearly defined pale breast band and pale fringes on the body feathers, giving a scaly effect, plus ‘silvery-edged’ wing feathers. This is a typical female Blackbird.
KEY FEATURES Dark overall plumage rules out most thrushes Dark brown above and brown below with dark spots Breast and belly spots very fine and dense Plain wings and lack of ‘scaly’ plumage rule out Ring Ouzel