Blackbird

Scientific name: Turdus merula

Did you know: The Blackbird, with its melodious song, is one of the most recognised and cherished birds in the UK!

What Do Blackbirds Look Like? (how to identify them)

Blackbirds are a familiar sight, renowned for their striking appearance. Male Blackbirds sport a glossy black plumage, complemented by a vivid orange-yellow beak and a yellow eye-ring. 

In contrast, female Blackbirds exhibit a brown colouration, often adorned with spots and streaks on their breasts.

Differences Between Male And Female Blackbirds

The most noticeable difference lies in their colouration. Males are distinctly black with their bright beaks, while females are predominantly brown with a softer tone on their beaks.

What Do Blackbirds Eat?

Blackbirds have a varied diet consisting mainly of insects and worms. They also enjoy a selection of berries and fruits, especially when these are in season, demonstrating their adaptability in foraging.

Where Do Blackbirds Live? (inc. migration info)

Blackbirds are versatile in their habitat preferences, thriving in woodlands, urban and suburban areas, and farmlands. Their adaptability allows them to be one of the most common birds in the UK. 

Depending on the latitude, Blackbirds can be resident, partially migratory, or fully migratory, with some travelling to warmer regions during winter.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Blackbirds)

Blackbirds are celebrated for their rich, melodious song, a familiar and comforting sound in gardens and parks. 

Both males and females are territorial during the breeding season and exhibit distinct threat displays, but they become more sociable during migration and in wintering areas.

Fun Blackbird Facts (kid-friendly)

  • They enjoy a diet of insects, worms, berries, and fruits.
  • Males are black with yellow beaks, while females are brown.
  • Known for their beautiful and melodious songs.
  • Among the most common and recognised birds in the UK.
  • Found in various habitats, from woodlands to urban gardens.
  • Some Blackbirds migrate to warmer areas during winter.
  • Featured in folklore, songs, and even nursery rhymes.
  • They build neat, cup-shaped nests and are devoted parents.
  • The UK sees an influx of Blackbirds from Scandinavia during autumn.
  • Often seen foraging in gardens and lawns for food.

Blackbird Images

Male Blackbird Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Blackbird

Diet: Blackbird food consists of a variety of insects and worms, but they also eat berries and fruit when in season
Bird Family: Thrushes
Length: 24-25cm
Wingspan: 34-38.5cm
Weight: 80-100g
Scientific Name: Turdus merula

The Blackbird Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December