The Blackbird is one of the most familiar of British birds. Most commonly seen in woodlands, fields and gardens across the UK and Ireland, but equally comfortable in more built-up areas.
Adult: Adult Blackbirds are all black, with a yellow bill and eye ring. The first winter males retain dark brown wing feathers, distinguishing them from the more mature, black winged males.
Female: Browner in colour, with a speckling of faint spots on the breast which vary from brown to brown-grey. Their bill is brownish in colour.
Bill: Yellow, short and thin.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Gardens, heaths, woodlands and hedges.
Behaviour: Walks, hops and perches, takes off/lands on the ground.
Flight: Direct, strong and powerful.
Voice: A flute-like, mellow song, warbling and a loud, harsh chatter of alarm.
Nest: Trees and bushes.
Eggs: 3—5. Greenish-blue with red spots.
Incubation period: 11—17 days.
Fledgeling: 13–14 days.
Broods: 2—3. March—late June.
Food: Insects, worms, berries and seeds.
UK breeding pairs: 4,700,000.
Suet Pellets, Raisins/Sultanas.