Redwing


Redwing

The redwing is the smallest true thrush and a winter visitor to the UK. Widespread and abundant winter visitor, recent breeder in northern Scotland. Migrants arrive from September and leave again around March and April.


Identification

Adult
Distinctive creamy strip above the eye and orange - red flank.Brown abpve with brown ear converts seperated by accentuating bold eyebrows and double moustachial streak; whitish underparts spotted in streaks.
Size
20 - 22 cms
Bill
Black, short & thin
Legs
Yellow, medium in length
Habitat
Garden, heaths, woods, fields & hedges
Behaviour
Perches openly, hops, flits, takes off from vegetation or the ground.
Flocking
1 - 100
Flight
Strong, fast, powerful & direct
Voice
Soft seeip in flight

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Against tree trunk
Eggs
4 - 5 pale blue speckled brownish
Incubation Period
11 - 15 days
Broods
2; April - May
Food
Berries, worms, insects
UK Breeding Pairs
30 - 50

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