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.

The Blackbird can be seen in our gardens and school grounds all year round. The adult male has a glossy black plumage and an orange and yellow bill and eye ring. The adult female has a brown body and a rusty-red breast. Her beak is a dark colour. Juvenile Blackbirds are red and brown in colour like the female but have fewer spots.

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.

Blackbird Facts

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.


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Photographs: Male Blackbird (Top Right)   Female Blackbird (Bottom Left)