Song Thrush
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • Scientific Name: Turdus philomelos
  • Common Name/s: SONG THRUSH.
  • Sub Species: 4 but only 1 in Australia  
  • Origin / Distribution: 
  • Habitat In Wild: ?
  • Status In Wild (In Australia):  Not common. Can be found in urban parks and gardens. Generally not found outside Melbourne, Victoria.    
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Secure, but numbers are low. 
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  Less than 12 months.
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  ?
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Colour mutations:  No
  • Availability:  Very few bred in aviaries. Specialist breeders.
  • Temperament:  Attractive, lively bird.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $60
  • Description Of Adults: 
  1. Length: Approx. 230 mm (or approx. 9 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx. ? ozs)

The Song Thrush was released in Melbourne, Victoria in 1863, were it can still be found in urban parks and gardens.  Generally not found outside Melbourne.  

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to "Government Laws" web page.

Housing Requirements:  Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the housing of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

Typical planted finch aviary is ideal,  3 metres  x 1 metre x 2.1 metres high.

Diet / Feeding: Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the nutrition of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

Spends most of its feeding time on the ground searching for insects and worms.

Natural diet includes insects, berries and worms.  Captive breeding birds require a large quantity of insects.  Suitable insects include mealworms, crickets, cockroaches, small locusts and any insects commonly found in a garden that wild birds eat.

Nesting: A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: No
  • Nesting months: September to January.  Does not like hot weather.
  • Nesting receptacles: Build a cup shaped nest.  Will build a nest in a low bush.  Will build a nest on any ledge wide enough to support a nest.
  • Nest:  Built a large cup shaped nest out of grasses and assorted plant materials held together with mud.  Nest is lined with soft fine grasses.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Breeding: Egg Colour Light blue with black spots on the broad end.  Clutch/s per year 2.  Eggs per nest 2 - 5.  Incubation approx. ? days.  Fledge approx. ? days.  Independent approx. another ? weeks.

The young grow at a fast rate and consume lots of insects.  It costs more to feed a captive pair of Blackbirds than they are worth in dollar terms.  They will need about 100 insects per young, per day while the young are in the nest.

Will build a nest in a low bush.  Equally they will build in a wide variety of structures such as sheds, vines, and houses/buildings with a ledge just wide enough for a nest.

Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.  Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.

Health Issues: Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues" web page.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • A/A Vol  26  No. 9  Sept  1972  Page 159-161
  • A/A Vol 25 No. 5 May 1971 Page 62.
  • A/A Vol 22 No 2 Feb 1968 Page 24-25.
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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