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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

5. Song Thrush

5. Song Thrush

A feature of this bird is its song, as the name implies. Perched high up on some tree, in the mornings and evenings of spring and early summer, the song thrush sings its best. It is fond of gardens and of the insects and snails to be found in them. It has its own way with snails; gripping the lip of the opening of the shell in its bill, the thrush finds a convenient stone on which it hammers the shell until it breaks and is then able to devour the soft snail inside. Often the same stone is used as an "anvil" and, around it, may be seen a litter of broken snail shells.