The males are black but, strangely, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds. One of the commonest UK birds, its mellow song is also a favourite.


Blackbirds are birds of woodland and heaths which have readily adapted to farmland and gardens. They like areas with bushes, shrubs and trees, and nearby open ground and short grass.

The female has a darker beak and is browner in colour

Blackbirds are often found in winter along berry-bearing hedges and in open fields but they are found everywhere in gardens and countryside and from coasts to hills, although not on the highest peaks. As well as berries their diets comprise insects, worms and berries.

Their calls are a mellow, fluty song and also include 'chink, chink, chink'

Last Updated: 17th-May-2007 16:32 Print
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