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Birding Málaga


Common name Song thrush
Scientific name Turdus philomelos
Type Forest birds
Status Wintering

Medium-sized bird (approx 22 cm or 8.5 in). Dark brown upperparts and underparts of ocher tones in the breast and lighter towards the belly, with a dark stippling that seems to form a moustachial stripe in the neck. It is distinguished from other thrushes by not having any eyebrows. In flight, underside of the wings of ocher tones.


Woodland environment and Scrubland

Where it lives

In its breeding territories this bird uses forests with abundant understory and shrubs. In Malaga it spends the winter in wooded countryside, being especially abundant in olive groves. Also present in Mediterranean thickets, groves and humid forests.

How it lives

Wintering bird in the province. It makes two annual layings of 4 to 6 eggs. Nest in trees. Insectivore in spring; in Malaga the Song Thrush behaves mostly as a frugivore that benefits from berries and fruits, especially olives.  It also consumes earthworms, snails and other insects.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Common species in the Malaga fields and frequent in many stages of the Great Path. It can be observed, for example and among others, in stages 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 to 20 and 22 to 26.

Curious facts

"Thrush anvils" are stones that the thrushes usually go to when they capture a snail. On them they beat the animal to break its shell and eat it. In Malaga thrushes are also known, aside from their Spanish common name “zorzales”, as “tordos” or “malvises”. The name “zorzal” comes from the Andalusian Arabic and it seems to be related to the verb “zarzara”, which may refer to the speckling of its breast or to the gurgling of its song.

Routes where it can be observed
Wintering Summer Resident Migration