In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- Despite the fall in song thrush numbers its bigger cousin, the mistle thrush, is still to be heard, singing its heart out from the tops of trees.
- For the third year running a mistle thrush has chosen an amber traffic light in Salford to rear her young.
- Many birds are attracted by ornamental berries - blackbirds, starlings, thrushes and mistle thrushes are regularly seen in fruiting trees and bushes, and if you are lucky you may also be visited by fieldfares, redwings and even waxwings.
- Meanwhile, the chaffinch, great tit, and mistle thrush, which nest high up in trees, have shown no marked decline.
- If no berries remain, having been stripped earlier by blackbirds and mistle thrushes, they perish.
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