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Common Blackbird
Common Blackbird
Adult male
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Family Passeriformes
Genus Turdus
Species T. merula
Conservation Status
LCSpecies

This common true thrush is known for its rich, caroling song.

Appearance

Adult males are glossy black, with a bright golden-yellow beak and, during spring and summer, a yellow ring around their eyes. After breeding season, the beak starts to turn darker. Females are brown with streaky dark mottling on their paler, reddish brown breast. Juveniles look like females, but have pale spots on their upperparts; first-year males are duller black than adult, with duller yellowish bill.

Bibliography

  • “Eurasian Blackbird.” EBird, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, ebird.org/species/eurbla.
  • “Common Blackbird.” Common Blackbird - Facts, Diet, Habitat & Pictures on Animalia.bio, 2018, http://animalia.bio/common-blackbird.
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