Male Fieldfare

Fieldfare

Scientific name: Turdus pilaris

Did you know: Fieldfares, known for their sociable nature, can form winter flocks of up to several hundred birds, creating a lively spectacle in the UK’s countryside!

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

Fieldfares are sizable thrushes, comparable in stature to the Mistle Thrush. 

They possess a distinctive bluish-grey head, a speckled breast, and a yellow coloured beak, setting them apart with their vivid plumage. Their upright posture and purposeful hopping make them easily identifiable in the wild.

Differences Between Male And Female Fieldfares

The plumage of male and female Fieldfares is similar, with both sporting the characteristic blue-grey head and speckled breast. However, females may have a slightly more brownish tone to their plumage.

What Do Fieldfares Eat?

Primarily, Fieldfares feast on insects, worms, and an array of berries. 

During UK winters, they particularly enjoy holly, juniper, hawthorn, and yew berries. In their breeding grounds, their diet shifts towards insects and invertebrates.

Where Do Fieldfares Live? (inc. migration info)

Fieldfares are migratory birds, journeying from Scandinavia and Russia to pass the winter in the milder UK climate. 

They are commonly found in farmland, open woodland, and sometimes in urban and suburban areas during harsh weather conditions.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Fieldfares)

Fieldfares are known for their ‘chacking’ call, especially in flight. This distinctive sound is a key identifier of their presence in the countryside. They also have a variety of guttural flight and alarm calls.

Fun Fieldfare Facts (kid friendly)

  • Fieldfares can form massive flocks of hundreds during winter.
  • They travel all the way from Scandinavia to the UK every year.
  • Fieldfares have a unique diet that changes with the seasons.
  • They can defend their food sources quite aggressively!
  • Their name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘feldware’, meaning ‘traveller of the fields’.
  • They have a distinctive blue-grey head and yellow beak.
  • Fieldfares are one of the largest members of the thrush family.
  • They are known for their lively and social nature.
  • In flight, they make a ‘chacking’ sound that is easy to recognise.
  • Fieldfares are quite adaptable, living in various habitats from farmlands to urban areas.

Fieldfare Video

Facts About The Fieldfare

Diet: Insects, worms and berries.
Bird Family: Thrushes
Length: 25cm
Wingspan: 39-42cm
Weight: 80-130g
Scientific Name: Turdus pilaris

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

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December

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Juvenile