Lore black: back and wing-coverts brown; head, neck, and rump, ash-gray: abdomen without spots.
T. pilaris, Temm. Man. dOrn. torn. I. p. 163. Fieldfare, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. lllust. vol. I. p. 160. pl. 45. f. 1. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 116.
Entire length nine inches nine lines: breadth, wings extended, seventeen inches two lines.
Head, nape, and lower part of the back (including the rump and upper tail-coverts), deep ash-colour: upper part of the back and wing-coverts chestnut-brown: space between the eye and bill black; above the eyes a white streak: throat, sides of the neck, and breast, yellowish, with oblong dusky spots; feathers on the flanks spotted with black and edged with white; abdomen without spots: quills dusky with pale edges: tail black, the two outermost feathers tipped with whitish on their inner webs: bill yellow; the tips of the mandibles black: irides brown: feet dusky. (Female). Head ash-colour, obscurely spotted with brown: throat whitish: feet paler than in the male bird. (Egg). Light blue, mottled all over with spots of dark red brown.
A winter visitant; first appearing in November: remains with us till very late in the Spring, but does not breed in this country. During its stay keeps in flocks. Feeds on haws and other berries; also on insects and worms.