Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Species: T merula
Scientific name: Turdus merula
Common name: Blackbird
Turdus merula is an introduced bird from Europe. The adult male is black with a bright orange bill. Adult size is 25 cm in length and weighs about 90 g. The female is dark brown with paler throat and smudgy mottled breast; bill brown and dull orange. The juvenile rusty brown, especially on head; pale streaks on back and wing coverts; brown barring on under parts; bill dark brown. Immature male (Apr-Jan) has brown wings contrasting with black body. The blackbird feeds mainly on the ground. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits. It hops rather than walks. Its song is a loud clear tuneful warble. Its alarm call is a persistent sharp 'tchink-tchink'. This species breeds during Aug- Jan in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest.
Male (orange bill)
One remaining fledgling perched on edge of the nest waiting for its parents. Chicks are feed by both parents.
A fledgling bird that has just fallen out of the nest.
Song of the blackbird
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