A large, brown thrush which looks at first sight rather like the more common song thrush. However, it is slightly larger and with experience can quickly be identified by its different behaviour, call and song. The plumage is somewhat greyer and the dark markings on the pale belly are distinct, round spots, whereas those on a song thrush merge into streaks. In flight, the underwings are white whereas those of a song thrush are a warm brown, and when the bird takes off you should see white edges to the tail, which a song thrush does not have. In behaviour, the mistle thrush is much bolder, bounding about in the middle of a meadow and singing loudly from the very top of a tall tree. It's flight is high and undulating like a woodpecker's; song thrushes fly low, fast and direct and rarely stray far from cover, preferring to sing from within it. Mistle thrushes have a unique 'rattle' alarm call and their song is loud and distinctive, a quite long, warbling phrase is repeated with only slight variation.