Redwing – Turdus iliacus

The Redwing is the smallest true thrush and an inter-visitor to the UK. A widespread and abundant winter visitor, it has recently been bred in northern Scotland too. Migrants arrive from September, leaving again around March to April.

Identification

Adult: Redwings have a distinctive cream-coloured strip above the eye and an orange-red flank, brown upperparts with distinctive eyebrows separating ear converts and a double mostachial streak. Underparts are spotted with streaks.
Size: 20 – 22cm.
Bill: Black, short and thin.
Legs: Yellow, medium length.
Habitat: Gardens, heaths, woodlands, fields and hedges.
Behaviour: Perches openly, hops, walks, takes off/lands from vegetation or ground.
Flocking: 1 – 100.
Flight: Strong, fast, powerful and direct.
Voice: Soft seeip in flight

Breeding

Nest: Against tree trunks
Eggs: 4–5. Pale blue with brown speckles.
Incubation period: 11–15 days.
Fledgeling: 10–15 days.
Broods: 2. April–May.
Food: Berries, worms and insects.
UK breeding pairs: 30–50.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Dried Mealworms, Raisins/Sultanas.

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