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Blackbird - male (Turdus merula)
Photo by Psilo,Bolton,UK
 


Blackbird - male  (Turdus merula)

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The Blackbird is a resident and widespread bird in the UK. It is a member of the Thrush family and is often seen in the company of thrushes, Fieldfares or redwings. Like the Song Thrush it runs along the ground looking for food. Its diet consists mainly of insects and worms which it finds either by probing the ground or by noisily turning over leaves. In the autumn they will often spend much time eating cotoneaster berries and windfall fruits (e.g. apples), which they will aggressively defend from other birds.
Their calls are loud and varied. The warning call is given with flicking wings and tail and sounds a little like "chook", and the alarm call is a loud rattle.


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