Song Thrush or Immature Blackbird?

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Subject: Song Thrush or Immature Blackbird?
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 17:21:10 +1000
Melbourne is a place that I always used to avoid as a young bushwalker [because it is flat, flat, flat or nearly flat]. For me, Melbourne was a place where you changed planes on your way to the Tasmanian highlands.

Anyhow, I happened to be in Melbourne last week for a geography conference [I was presenting a paper on Aus twitchers], and had the opportunity to go walkabout a couple of times. One afternoon, as I was working my way out of Uni Melb, I came across a garden section that contained a large number of Blackbirds [Melbourne is home to many exotic species]. I noticed a bird in with the Blackbirds that looked rather like a Song Thrush to me [it rather reminded me of the native "Ground" thrush I often see here in hilly SEQ]. Pizzey & Knight don't include an illustration of immature Blackbirds, so I was wondering if it is likely that there are Common Blackbirds in immature plumage at this time of year in Melbourne?

I must say that I saw hundreds of Blackbirds in Melbourne, and this was the only one that looked like a Zoothera.

Regards, Laurie.


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