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(Common) Blackbird
Turdus merula
Size: 24-28cm
UK Status: very common resident migrant breader / passage visitor and very common winter visitor

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Common and ditstinctive member of thrush family. Male plumage entirely black with yellow bill and thin yellow eye-ring. Female and juvenile mottled brown, female bill less bright, juvenile bill dark. Long-ish tail often cocked while hopping on the ground or perching in a bush. Resident through most of Europe, summer visitor to far east of region. Most often found in gardens, parks, woodland etc.

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