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.
Blackbird - male
Blackbird - female
Blackbird - juvenile
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.
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|-||5,100,000 pairs||10-15 million birds||-|
Juvenile blackbird perched on bird bath