Blackbird - Turdus merula


    The males live up to their name but, confusingly, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The juvenile is similar to the adult female but is more spotted on its underparts and has narrow flecks on its upperparts. The bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds. One of the commonest UK birds, its mellow song is also a favourite.

    Identification difficulty

    Found everywhere in gardens and countryside and from coasts to hills, although not on the highest peaks.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Resident British breeding bird.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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