Richyellowish breastcolour Once more, we resort to presenting a bird front on in order to make identifying it that much more tricky. But in this case, there are still plenty of clues showing to help you identify this thrush. A first glance may make you think this is a typically-patterned thrush: dark above with a speckled breast. But a second look shows the head is largely pale blue-grey, the back dark red-brown and the breast a rich yellow-ochre. The lores (the areas between the eye and bill) are black, giving this bird a distinctive ‘angry’ expression. The colours are too pale (and wrong) for Blackbird and Ring Ouzel, the face pattern wrong for Redwing and the colours wrong for Mistle and Song Thrushes. This bird, you will have rightly guessed, is a Fieldfare.
KEY FEATURES At first glance, a typical speckled thrush Dark chestnut back, blue-grey head, ochre breast Black lores gives bird an ‘angry’ expression Densely spotted in black on yellow and white breast and belly