Thrush Facts



  • The wheatear breeds in the Arctic, but in autumn flies some 3200 km to Africa, where it spends the winter.
  • The dipper is the only type of songbird to live in and around water – it can swim underwater and even walk along streambeds as it searches for insect prey.
  • Dippers make their homes near water. When they walk on the stream bed, they hold onto stones to keep themselves from surfacing.
  • The familiar orange-red breast of a robin indicates that the bird is at least 2 months old.
  • More than 300 species of thrush are found nearly all over the world.
  • Best known for its beautiful song, the nightingale sings during the day as well as at night.
  • The female blackbird makes a cup-shaped nest of plant stems, grass, twigs and roots. The 4-5 eggs hatch after 11-17 days.
  • The five species of dipper live in Europe, Asia and parts of North and South America.
  • The dome-shaped nests of dippers usually have an entrance over running water.
  • The American robin – the largest of the North American thrushes – lives both in cities and mountains.
  • Blackbirds were taken to Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century. Their songs are now clearly different to blackbirds living in Europe.