(also missel thrush)
A large Eurasian thrush with a spotted breast and harsh rattling call, with a fondness for mistletoe berries.
- Turdus viscivorus, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae.
- Meanwhile, the chaffinch, great tit, and mistle thrush, which nest high up in trees, have shown no marked decline.
- 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.
- For the third year running a mistle thrush has chosen an amber traffic light in Salford to rear her young.
Early 17th century: mistle from Old English mistel (see mistletoe).
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Syllabification: mis·tle thrush
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