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|The Common Blackbird, Turdus merula, is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian Blackbird (especially in North America, to distinguish it from the unrelated New World blackbirds), or simply Blackbird (in areas where it is the only blackbird-like species). It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It has a number of subspecies across its large range; a few of the Asian subspecies are sometimes considered to be full species. Depending on latitude, the Common Blackbird may be resident, partially migratory or fully migratory.|
The male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.
Both sexes are territorial on the breeding grounds, with distinctive threat displays, but are more gregarious during migration and in wintering areas. Pairs will stay in their territory throughout the year where the climate is sufficiently temperate. This common and conspicuous species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its song.
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Bonne prise de cet oiseau très difficile à approché. Les couleurs et la pose de l'oiseau sont parfaits.
Merci pour l'envoi et bonne journée....JP
- [2010-02-12 12:57]
A lovely capture of blackbird. I like natural colors, details and clear bg
Swietnie go pstryknales, takiego zimowo napuszonego. Super rozmyte tlo i kapitalna ostrosc.
- [2010-02-13 6:33]
A lovely capture of the male Blackbird in beautiful light. Excellent sharpness, lovely natural colours and a very nice background too in this fine composition.
TFS and Have a nice weekend, Ulla
- [2010-02-15 13:38]
Super fota , kos jak zywy , switene naturalne kolory , u mnie widac tylko samce , zadnej samicy .
Pozdrawiam Slawek .