Eurasian Blackbird
Eurasian Blackbird
Eurasian Blackbird

Eurasian Blackbird

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Eurasian Blackbird

The common blackbird (Turdus merula) is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian blackbird (especially in North America, to distinguish it from the unrelated New World blackbirds), or simply blackbird where this does not lead to confusion with a similar-looking local species.

Distribution:

The Eurasian Blackbird occurs  in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Canada, United States, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, the Falkland Islands, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Names:

Common blackbird, Eurasian blackbird and European blackbird.

Description:

Adult male are black with a golden yellow bill and a yellow ring around the eye. Adult females are brown with spots and streaks on their breasts. Juveniles are similar to the adult female but have pale spots on upperparts. parts.

Eurasian Blackbird Song:

The male’s song is a varied and melodious low-pitched fluted warble. Like other thrushes, they can mimic electronic sounds.

Breeding :

The male Eurasian Blackbird attracts the female with a courtship display which consists of oblique runs combined with head-bowing movements, an open beak, and a “strangled” low song. The female remains motionless until she raises her head and tail to permit copulation. This species is monogamous, and the established pair will usually stay together as long as they both survive. The nest is cup shaped is made only by the female and is comprised of grass, leaves, other vegetation and bound by mud. 3-5 bluish-green eggs with reddish brown spots are laid. Incubation by the female is 12-14 days. Fledging is another 10-19 days.

Diet for Eurasian Blackbird:

The Eurasian Blackbird is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, seeds and berries. 

In Captivity: Paradise Earth Softball Blend, Dried Insects and fruit.