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What is a Stormcock?

Sent in by Angela Hawkes, Scotland.

A stormcock is one of the many traditional names found in British folklore for a Mistle Thrush.

The name was traditionally used in the south of England especially in Hampshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

The name derives from the fact that the Mistle Thrush, unlike most other birds, who seek shelter from stormy weather, actually seems to be stimulated by approaching storms and will sing or call lustily before and through bad weather.

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