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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- These include such species as black grouse and curlew, which are associated with upland areas, as well as the song thrush, spotted flycatcher and linnet.
- According to the massive Birds of the Western Palearctic the song thrush possesses the largest repertoire of any European thrush.
- The four biggest losers since the first Big Garden Birdwatch in 1979 have been the starling, house sparrow, song thrush and blackbird.
- Best known in Britain and W. Europe are the beloved song thrush, T. philomelos, and the mistle thrush, T. viscivorus.
- Birds suffering the steepest falls include the blackbird, dunnock, song thrush, and four types of warbler.
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