Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris

A large and colourful thrush, Fieldfares breed in Scandinavia and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic States. In central Europe, the breeding range has extended to Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France.
The Fieldfare starts arriving in the UK around October, with numbers increasing throughout the winter. They migrate back to their breeding ground between March-May.

Identification

Adult: The Fieldfare has brown plumage on its back, with wings and tail shaded to a very dark, rich chestnut-red. Its breast is dappled with blackish markings, whilst its rump and head are grey.
Size: 23—25.5cm.
Bill: Yellow, medium length.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Countryside hedges and fields – hawthorn hedges being a particular favourite as the berries provide a good source of food. Seen more commonly in gardens throughout the winter months.
Behaviour: Upright standing, hopping.
Flocking: From small flocks to flocks of a hundred or more.
Flight: Slow and direct.
Voice: Chucks, squeaks and whistles.

Breeding

Nest: Cup-shaped. Often found unconcealed in woodlands, hedgerows, gardens and on the ground.
Eggs: 3–6. Green-blue.
Incubation period: 13 – 14 days.
Fledgeling: 14 – 16 days.
Broods: 1—2. April—June.
Food: Insects, worms, seeds and fruit.
UK breeding pairs: 1—5. (Winter visiting number: 750,000 birds).

Suggested feed

Countrywide Dried Mealworms, Willsbridge Supreme Wild Bird Feed.

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