(Turdus Iliacus, Linn.—Le Mauvis, Buff.)
IS about eight inches in length. Bill dark brown; eyes deep hazel; plumage in general similar to that of the Thrush, but a white Streak over the eye distinguishes it from that bird; belly not quite so much spotted, sides of the body and the feathers under the wings tinged with red, which is its peculiar characteristic; whence also its name.
These birds make their appearance a few days before the Fieldfare,* and are generally seen with them after their arrival; they frequent the same places, eat the same food, and are very similar to them in manners. Like the Fieldfare, they leave us in the Spring, for which reason their song is almost unknown to us, but it is said to be very pleasing. In Sweden they perch on high trees in the forests, and have a fine note in the breeding season. The female builds her nest in low bushes or hedges, and lays six eggs, of a greenish blue colour, spotted with black.*
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