Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds
Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The Blackbird.
Blackbirds build nests on the ground or in shrubs in fields or near streams. To build a nest the male will collect twigs, bark, mud and leaves which the female will use to construct the nest. It takes the male and female Blackbird about 14 days to build a nest.
The female will lay 3 to 5 bluish-green eggs with red spots. She will expect to sit on the eggs for 17 days before they hatch. During this time the male will collect food for the female to eat.
Distribution: Located across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Found also in Canada, USA and Australia.
Habitat: towns, parks, gardens, woodlands and hedgerows.
Description: Male: Glossy black plumage with orange-yellow bill. Female: Dark brown plumage with faintly spotted breast.
Size: Length: 25cm. Wingspan: 35 - 38 cm. Weight: 80 - 125 grams.
Life-span: oldest known bird 16 years. Usually live for 2-3 years.
Food: insects, seeds, berries, grain and fruit.
Photographs: Male Blackbird (Top Right) Female Blackbird (Bottom Left)