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Blackbird

Turdus merula

Description:
About 26 centimetres long, the male blackbird is all black with a yellow bill and eye ring, while the female is sooty brown with slightly lighter brownish throat and mottling on the breast, and a dark bill. The young blackbird is similar to the female, but with small pale spots on its upper parts. The blackbird resembles the starling from a distance, but it has a longer tail and makes quick, two-footed bounds. It typically also walks a few steps before standing dead still for a few seconds, then taking a few more steps.

Habitat:
Northern populations are migratory, wintering mainly in Western Europe. The blackbird breeds commonly in woodlands, parks and gardens. It can be found throughout Europe.

Habits:
The blackbird nests in bushes and trellises. It feeds on earthworms, insects and berries.

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