The Song thrush is distinct in voice, which is presented proudly while the bird stands in its usual position up high, sometimes resting on a chimney pot, a lofty branch or some other elevated perch. You’ll notice a repeated phrasing, which features velvety flute-like timbres with subtle, clear and mellow qualities. When asked about their favourite bird song, many people report the Song thrush as the one they most enjoy. The poet Robert Browning wrote favourably about the Song thrush’s voice, using the lines (from Home-Thoughts, from abroad):
That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture
Such is the fame of the Thrush song that its cousin, the Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus), has such beautiful notes that it has been compared to the wonderful sounds of a woodwind instrument. In fact, according to an article on the Smithsonian website, the Hermit thrush shares mathematical qualities that relate to their preference for singing in harmonic series, which is a fundamental component in human music. If there is a bird of a musical family, it is the Song thrush.