Mistle Thrush and Mistletoe

Birds and Plants.  Maybe you can’t have one without the other

A mistle thrush will feed on the flesh of the white mistletoe berries, which is very sticky 

Mistletoe for Mistle Thrushes

Mistletoe for Mistle Thrushes

  • After feeding on the mistletoe the mistle thrush tries to clean its beak on a branch
  • It does this to try to get rid of the stickyness of its beak.
  • When it does this the mistletoe sticks to the branch and grows into misltetoe.

Apple and Hawthorn are common trees and bushes were mistletoe grows.

So mistle thrushes play an important part in spreadinga mistletoe and misltetoe plays and important part in feeding misle thrushes.

 

Mistle Thrush in an English Garden

Mistle Thrush in an English Garden

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