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Eurasian Blackbird

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Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Turdidae

Basic Description

A singing male Eurasian Blackbird is a study in elegance: a glossy black bird with a vibrant yellow bill and eyering delivering a leisurely, beautiful song from a high perch. The female, which also sings during courtship, is brownish overall, with subtle streaks and spots. This thrush—at home in woodlands, gardens, city parks, and farmlands—often raises up to three sets of chicks each year. Across Europe, blackbirds are common sights as they patrol grassy areas for worms and insects or feed on fruits and seeds.

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Other Names

  • Mirlo Común (Spanish)
  • Merle noir (French)
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