Redwing - Turdus iliacus


    Our smallest thrush, it is a common winter visitor. The pale stripe over the eye and the red patch on its flanks help to identify this bird.

    Identification difficulty

    It is mainly seen in the countryside, in fields and hedgerows, usually in sizeable flocks and often mixed together with Fieldfares. It occasionally visits gardens if the weather is particularly harsh.

    When to see it

    October to March

    Life History

    It eats berries and worms.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    It is a common winter sight in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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