Female Blackbird or Song Thrush

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Female Blackbird or Song Thrush

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Hi all,

It's sunset, everything's very orange-y, and birdie is twisted away and has a some buds and blossom in front. I thought female blackbird when I snapped it, but looking at it more closely on the screen, the spots began to bug me. But then, female blackbirds can be a bit spotty, no?

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Steve 

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  • SteveDe

    RoyW

    SteveDe
    But then, female blackbirds can be a bit spotty, no?

    Female Blackbirds can be a bit spotty - but they tend to be darker, especially underneath. Also, this one is singing in the photo which strongly suggests that it is a male.

    Is this a cryptic way of telling me it is n fact a male song thrush? :)

    And do females never sing?

    Sorry, it wasn't meant to be cryptic - I just forgot to say that it was a Song Thrush.

    In most UK bird species females rarely sing (if ever). Notable exceptions are Robin and Cetti's Warbler.

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  • SteveDe
    But then, female blackbirds can be a bit spotty, no?

    Female Blackbirds can be a bit spotty - but they tend to be darker, especially underneath. Also, this one is singing in the photo which strongly suggests that it is a male.

  • RoyW

    SteveDe
    But then, female blackbirds can be a bit spotty, no?

    Female Blackbirds can be a bit spotty - but they tend to be darker, especially underneath. Also, this one is singing in the photo which strongly suggests that it is a male.

    Is this a cryptic way of telling me it is n fact a male song thrush? :)

    And do females never sing?

  • It could have its beak open because its a hot day, I think it is a thrush, steave. lovely shot, And I believe female thrushes do sing. Tony

  • Here's a spotty female Blackbird Steve.

  • SteveDe

    RoyW

    SteveDe
    But then, female blackbirds can be a bit spotty, no?

    Female Blackbirds can be a bit spotty - but they tend to be darker, especially underneath. Also, this one is singing in the photo which strongly suggests that it is a male.

    Is this a cryptic way of telling me it is n fact a male song thrush? :)

    And do females never sing?

    Sorry, it wasn't meant to be cryptic - I just forgot to say that it was a Song Thrush.

    In most UK bird species females rarely sing (if ever). Notable exceptions are Robin and Cetti's Warbler.

  • Thanks for the spotty female blackbird alan. I have some female blackbird pix, but mine are less spotty and more... brown...

  • Thanks - and thanks for the addttional detail

  • Hi-

    the only thing I'll add is that even allowing for fore shortening the tail is way TOO short for a blackbird.  

    Song thrush

    :)

    S

  • Thanks for the additional top S - and when I look again, why yes, that is one short tail :)