* Plumage brown, and spotted.

Lore grayish white: upper plumage cinereous brown; wing-coverts edged with white: all the under parts spotted.

T. viscivorus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 161. Missel-Thrush, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Must. vol. I. p. 158. pl. 44. f. I. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 112.

Dimensions

Entire length eleven inches: length of the bill (from the forehead) nine lines, (from the gape) one inch two lines; of the tarsus one inch three lines; of the tail four inches; from the carpus to the end of the wing six inches: breadth, wings extended, eighteen inches.

Description

Upper parts brown, with a tinge of ash-colour: space between the bill and the eye grayish white: all the under parts white, lightly shaded here and there with reddish yellow, and marked with deep brown spots, which are triangular on the throat and fore part of the neck, oval on the abdomen: upper wing-coverts edged and tipped with whitish: the three outermost tail feathers tipped with white: bill dusky: feet pale brown. (Young of the year). Upper parts cinereous brown; head, back, and scapulars, distinctly spotted with yellow and dusky, the former colour occupying the central portion, the latter the extreme tip of each feather: wing-coverts broadly tipped and edged with yellow; quills brown, with a narrow edging of yellow: tail brown, all the feathers, except the two middle ones, tipped with white: under parts spotted much as in the adult bird: legs very pale yellowish brown. Obs. This species is subject to considerable variation of plumage. (Egg). Greenish white, spotted with red brown; sometimes reddish white, spotted with dark red brown: long. diam. one inch three lines; trans, diam. eleven lines.

Not uncommon in some parts of the country; in others less frequent. Haunts woods and orchards. Commences its song very early in the year; continues it till the end of May. Nest placed in the forked branches of trees; formed of moss, wool, and coarse grass, and lined with the finer grasses. Eggs from three to five in number, incubation commencing early in April. Food insects, and berries, particularly those of the misseltoe.