One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large Eurasian thrush with a spotted breast and harsh rattling call, with a fondness for mistletoe berries.
Turdus viscivorus, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae
- ‘Many birds are attracted by ornamental berries - blackbirds, starlings, thrushes and mistle thrushes are regularly seen in fruiting trees and bushes, and if you are lucky you may also be visited by fieldfares, redwings and even waxwings.’
- ‘If no berries remain, having been stripped earlier by blackbirds and mistle thrushes, they perish.’
- ‘Meanwhile, the chaffinch, great tit, and mistle thrush, which nest high up in trees, have shown no marked decline.’
- ‘For the third year running a mistle thrush has chosen an amber traffic light in Salford to rear her young.’
- ‘Despite the fall in song thrush numbers its bigger cousin, the mistle thrush, is still to be heard, singing its heart out from the tops of trees.’
Early 17th century: mistle from Old English mistel (see mistletoe).
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