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Turdus viscivorus

Turdus viscivorus (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea
Familia: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: Turdus viscivorus
Subspecies: T. v. bonapartei - T. v. deichleri - T. v. tauricus - T. v. viscivorus

Turdus viscivorus (*)


Turdus viscivorus Linnaeus, 1758

Vernacular names
Български: Имелов дрозд
Català: Griva
Corsu: Trizina
Česky: Drozd brávník
Cymraeg: Brych y Coed
Dansk: Misteldrossel
Deutsch: Misteldrossel
Ελληνικά: Γερακότσιχλα
English: Mistle Thrush
Español: Turdus viscivorus
Français: Grive draine
Magyar: Léprigó
Italiano: Turdus viscivorus
日本語: ヤドリギツグミ
ქართული: ჩხართვი
Lietuvių: Amalinis strazdas
Nedersaksisch: Dubbele liester
Nederlands: Grote lijster
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Duetrost
Polski: Paszkot
Português: Tordoveia
Slovenčina: Drozd trskotavý
Slovenščina: carar
Suomi: Kulorastas
Svenska: Dubbeltrast
Türkçe: Ökse ardıç kuşu
中文: 槲鸫; 槲鶇


Systema Naturae ed.10 p.168

The Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae.

It is found in open woods and cultivated land over all of Europe and much of Asia. Many northern birds move south during the winter, with migrating birds sometimes forming small flocks.

The Mistle Thrush averages about 27 cm long, larger than the similar Song Thrush. The sexes are similar, with plain greyish brown backs and neatly round-spotted underparts. The breast has much less buff than the Song Thrush.

It is omnivorous, eating insects, worms and berries. A Mistle Thrush will defend a berry-bearing tree against other thrushes in winter. Mistletoe berries are amongst its diet.

This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name.[2] The English name refers to its mistletoe eating, as does the scientific name, which is derived from the Latin words Turdus, "thrush", and viscivorus meaning "mistletoe eater".

A recent molecular study places the Mistle Thrush's closest relatives as the similarly plumaged Song Thrush (T. philomelos) and the Chinese Thrush (T. mupinensis), all three species early offshoots from the main Turdus radiation around the world, and hence only distantly related to other European species such as the Common Blackbird (T. merula).[3]

They nest in trees, laying several eggs in a neat cup-shaped nest lined with grass.

The male sings its loud melodious song from a tree, rooftop or other elevated perch, often during bad weather or at night, and starting relatively early in the spring — hence the Mistle Thrush's old name of "Stormcock". The song is like a harder and simpler version of the Blackbird's. The alarm call is said to sound like a football rattle (a form of musical ratchet) or machine gun.


1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Turdus viscivorus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
2. ^ (Latin) Linnaeus, C (1758). Systema naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata.. Holmiae. (Laurentii Salvii).. pp. 168. "T. dorso fusco, collo maculis albis, rostro flavescente."
3. ^ Voelker G, Rohwer S, Bowie RCK, Outlaw DC (2007). "Molecular systematics of a speciose,cosmopolitan songbird genus: Defining the limits of,and relationships among,the Turdus thrushes". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42 (2): 422–34. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.07.016. PMID 16971142.

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