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Bird Guide: Song Thrush

Think you’ve spotted a Song Thrush in your garden? Our Song Thrush bird guide is here to help you learn lots of information about these garden visitors.

You’ve probably heard Song Thrushes spoken of in poetry for their melodic, repetitive song. They’re usually brown with a speckled and buff breast, so keep your eyes peeled as they can be spotted all over the UK.  You can find them in woodland and other areas with lots of undergrowth. Their breeding season is between March and September and they’ll lay between two and four broods. Want to keep these tuneful birds well-fed? Their diet consists of insects and small seeds.

To find out more about your other garden wildlife, take a look at our interactive bird guide.


BTO Facts

According Garden BirdWatch data, which has been collected since 1995, they are most frequently seen in gardens during February, when they are seen in around 30% of gardens. Since Garden BirdWatch began, Song Thrushes have declined markedly in gardens. One of the possible causes of this decline is related to the poor survival rate of young birds through their first winter. The availability of food during key times of year is also a concern.

Song Thrush


Song thrushes are brown in colour with a speckled breast.



Can be spotted in most areas across the UK


Woodland, farmland and shrubberies of gardens.

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Breeding season is between March and September. Song Thrushes will lay between two and four broods each containing 3-5 pale blue eggs. Incubation is 14-15 days.



34 cm

23 cm


Insects and fruits

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