Song Thrush
Song Thrush
Song Thrush
Song Thrush
Scientific Name 
Turdus philomelos
Arabic Name 
السمنة المغردة
Kuwaiti name 
22.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common winter visitor; uncommon passage migrant. Often in small numbers in many agricultural areas throughout Kuwait. It is a shy bird and will burst out of thickets giving a distinctive ticking “zip” flight call.
Where in Kuwait 
It is the most common of wintering thrush species in Kuwait and easily seen in mature gardens, parks and areas with date palms. It is recorded in the Jahra Area, at Green Island and as far west as Al Abraq
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and in Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate decline. It is widespread throughout Europe reaching east to Siberia. Populations in the north of the range are migratory; the wintering areas extend down into North Africa, whereas in central Europe including the UK, populations tend to be resident throughout the year. Towards the end of summer if the ground is too hard to obtain earthworms, they take snails and break the shells by tapping them on stones. These 'snail anvils' can often be found in gardens with the remains of a snail around them. This behaviour is unique to this species. It is not usually gregarious and unlike the more nomadic Fieldfare and Redwing, the Song Thrush tends to return regularly to the same wintering areas
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation