Redwing - Turdus iliacus

Description

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
Habitat

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

UK Map