Dunnock – Prunella modularis

The Dunnock is a quiet, unobtrusive bird found in gardens and woodlands. It is resident throughout the year in the UK, apart from in the Shetlands.

Identification

Adult: The adult Dunnock has a grey face and streaked flanks, a brown back and wings streaked with black.
Juvenile: The young Dunnock has less grey on the head and the entire underparts are streaked.
Size: 14—15cm.
Bill: Black, short and thin.
Legs: Buff, medium length.
Habitat: Often spotted creeping along the edges of flower-beds or near bushes. Also seen in woodlands, parks and gardens.
Behaviour: A nervous, shuffling manner of movement, with constantly flickering wings. Flits, hops and takes off/lands on vegetation or ground.
Flocking: Solitary.
Flight: Undulating.
Voice: Jingling, staccato warble.

Breeding

Nest: Trees/bushes.
Eggs: 4—5. Bright blue.
Incubation period: 12—13 days.
Fledgeling: 12 days.
Broods: 2. April—May.
Food: Insects, worms, spiders, seeds and berries.
UK breeding pairs: 2,100,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Hi Energy Wild Bird Feed, Countrywide Sunflower Hearts.

Suggested feed

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