Thrushes (Turdidae)

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) - HBW 10, p. 637

French: Grive musicienne German: Singdrossel Spanish: Zorzal Común

Taxonomy: Turdus philomelos C. L. Brehm, 1831, central Germany.
Earlier name T. ericetorum invalid. May form a superspecies with T. mupinensis. Race nataliae very similar to nominate and perhaps better merged with it. Races intergrade. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hebridensis W. E. Clarke, 1913 - W Scotland (Outer Hebrides, I of Skye, W mainland coast) and W Ireland.
  • clarkei Hartert, 1909 - W Europe; non-breeding also SW Europe and NW Africa.
  • philomelos C. L. Brehm, 1831 - Europe (except W), N Turkey, Caucasus area and N Iran; non-breeding W & S Europe, N Africa, Arabian Peninsula and SW Asia.
  • nataliae Buturlin, 1929 - W & C Siberia; non-breeding NE Africa and SW Asia.