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Gary Martin | all galleries >> British birds > Blackbird
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10-JUL-2005 Gary Martin



Turdus merula
AKA: Common blackbird
The males live up to their name but, confusingly, 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. (Info from

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/400s f/10.0 at 400.0mm iso200 full exif

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Jack 19-Jul-2017 16:22
To the person who put this wonderful site up, it's superb.

Male Bullfinch lives in my garden now, very proud!
Janet 03-Feb-2015 12:03
A bird which looks like a blackbird with a white necklace is a ring ouzel
norma burnham 20-Jan-2013 13:28
20th january 2013.after checking this bird out we discovered we had a fieldfare eating berries in our garden.never seen one before...
Pam 23-Sep-2012 18:24
I have seen a sparrow with a White head
Glenn Halford 04-Jan-2012 12:34
I seen a bird in my garden, that looks like a blackbird but as a White neck,I live in south Wales united kingdom. Have you any idea what is thanking you. Glenn Halford
Guest 19-Jan-2011 04:27
Thank you for sharing these fine pictures with me and everyone else.
Mary Jane
Beryl Hauri-Gersch09-Jun-2006 23:44
Nicely Done Gary! I am enjoying this format!