Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
(aka Common Blackbird)
Male Common Blackbird, Scotland, February 2003 - click for larger image Edinburgh, Scotland

The Male Eurasian Blackbird is unmistakable with his all black plumage and his yellow bill and eye-ring.

It is found throughout Europe, in north Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

Male Common Blackbird, Scotland, February 2003 - click for larger image Essentially a woodland bird, it has adapted very successfully to farmland and gardens.

The female, seen in photos 3 and 4, is grey-brown with a brownish-white throat and speckled breast. The bill is dark.

 Common Blackbird, Scotland, January 2004 - click for larger image
 Common Blackbird, Scotland, November 2003 - click for larger image
Immature male Common Blackbird, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image
Juvenile Common Blackbird, Scotland, February 2005 - click for larger image
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