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Conservation status: Green

The males live up to their name but, confusingly, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds. One of the commonest UK birds, its mellow song is also a favourite.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Turdus merula

Family

Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

Where to see them

Found everywhere in gardens and countryside and from coasts to hills, although not on the highest peaks.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects, worms and berries.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-5,100,000 pairs10-15 million birds-

Distribution

Key

In the UK
All UK
In Europe
All Europe
Worldwide
Europe, Asia and Africa (introduced to Australia and New Zealand).

Audio

Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto

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