ID tips & tricks DIET AND HABI­TAT CON­TEXT

Bird Watching (UK) - - April Id Challenge -

The six reg­u­larly-oc­cur­ring ‘Bri­tish’ larger thrushes (Black­bird, Ring Ouzel, Song Thrush, Mis­tle Thrush, Red­wing and Field­fare) all feed on a va­ri­ety of in­sects and other in­ver­te­brates and fruit. How­ever, they have sub­tle dif­fer­ences in the pro­por­tions of the food they eat, as well as their pre­ferred habi­tats. For in­stance, Black­birds are wood­land and park­land birds, feed­ing in leaf lit­ter or on ‘lawns’, and they eat plenty of worms and in­sect lar­vae, but also plenty of fruit. Song Thrushes, on the other hand, are shyer birds with a greater pref­er­ence for the cover of wood­land, and a

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