Thrush or Blackbird ?

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Jim Kirker
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Thrush or Blackbird ?

Postby Jim Kirker » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:34 pm

I think this is a young female song thrush because the breast mottling is cream and not as well marked as I would expect in an adult. The bird flew a short distance away from me and stayed perched for several minutes nearby while I took photos. I thought from it's behaviour and breast mottling that it was probably an immature blackbird, but the lack of mottling on its upper parts seems to fit better with thrush. It was by the pond at Gloucester Reserve in Auckland late this morning.
Bird at Gloucester Reserve 23 Nov 2020.JPG
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Re: Thrush or Blackbird ?

Postby Finn Davey » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:34 pm

Neither
This is a juvenile European Starling
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Re: Thrush or Blackbird ?

Postby Jim Kirker » Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:10 pm

It didn't even cross my mind, so there's a lesson ! There was a flock of starlings and I didn't see or hear a thrush so should have thought of it. Thanks Finn.
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Re: Thrush or Blackbird ?

Postby AngryBird45 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:56 pm

FYI, Starlings are horrible pests.
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