The beautiful Song Thrush with large black eyes and speckled chest to me is a beautiful bird, just like its beautiful song. Nature provides us with a free-to-view window into the world of her beautiful creatures and landscapes every day, but only if we all take a moment to pause our busy day to day lives and take a look. After a long day out photographing natures creatures and landscapes I always come home feeling rejuvenated and energized not only in body but in spirit, mind and soul; Birds are a passion for me, I spend hours photographing them and just watching them. There is so much to learn from our little feathered creatures.
Introduced from Europe between 1862- 78 and now found throughout the mainland and offshore islands of New Zealand in gardens, orchards, parks, exotic plantations, scrub, hedgerows and regenerating native forest. The upperparts are warm brown, buff-white below, with breast boldly spotted dark brown. The bill is yellowish brown with yellow gape, and the legs are pinkish brown. The male song is a loud string of repeated clear-cut musical phrases, each separated by a brief pause: ‘chitty-choo, chitty-choo, co-eee, co-eee….’ The alarm note is a rapidly repeated ‘chuk’ or ‘chip’ and the flight call is a thin high-pitched ‘seep’.
The Song Thrush feeds mostly on the ground, hopping and running then remaining motionless. They eat invertebrates such a snails ( hammered open on a regular ‘anvil’), insects, worms, amphipods, millipedes and spiders and a variety of fruits from native and introduced shrubs and weeds.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 2011
Featured Aug 2011
*I’m As Beautiful As My Song Is..! Song Thrush