Blackbird


Blackbird

The Blackbird is one of the most familiar of British birds, and is common to woodlands, fields and garden across UK & Ireland. The blackbird is quite at home both in the town and the country.


Identification

Male
All black with yellow bill & eye ring. First winter males retain dark brown wing feathers and this distinguishes them from the more mature black winged males.
Female
The mature female has dark-brown upper parts and underparts, and yellow-brown bill. The underparts are speckled and she usually has a pale throat.
Size
24 – 27cm
Bill
Yellow, short & thin
Habitat
Can be found in gardens, heaths, woods & hedges
Behaviour
Walk, hop & perch and cantake off & land from vegetation or the ground
Flocking
1-15
Flight
Direct, strong & powerful
Voice
Fluty, mellow song, warble & loud harsh chatter or alarm

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Trees & bushes
Eggs
Lay 3 - 5 eggs on average, eggs greening blue, spotted red
Incubation Period
11-17 Days
Broods
2 - 2 between march to late June
UK Breeding Pairs
4,700,000 pairs