SONGS AND CALLS
Thrushes are rightly renowned as master singers. Learning these beautiful songs is a very useful way of identifying the birds even before you see them. Song Thrushes have perhaps the most distinctive song, repeating exquisite phrases (often including mimicry) three or four times, then moving to the next ones. Blackbird songs are rich and fluty in tone, with complex phrases interspersed with pauses. Mistle Thrush songs are similar to Blackbird, but more stereotyped and simple in structure and rhythm. Thrush calls are also important to learn, especially for flying birds. Check out xeno-canto.org to hear and learn the various distinctive calls.
Mistle Thrushes sing their sad songs from the top of mature trees