Common Blackbird

Strolling through the park – mostly concrete – I came across quite a lot of Blackbirds, Turdus merula, searching for food in the plant borders. And, of course, I had to grab a few shots. Didn’t see any find a worm but they were quite industrious in their efforts.

Blackbird, Turdus merula, Nerja

The Common or Eurasian Blackbird, Turdus merula, is a species of true thrush and a breeding bird in Europe, Asiatic Russia and North Africa.

Blackbirds, Turdus merula

It is very often simply referred to as Blackbird in areas where this won’t cause confusion with other species – Eurasian Blackbird is used in America where they have their own, unrelated, species of Blackbird.

Blackbird, Turdus merula

The male, as seen in these photos, is black except for a yellow eye-ring and yellow bill. The adult female is basically brown in colour with a dull yellowish-brown bill, a brownish-white throat and some mottling on the breast.

Blackbird, Nerja
Blackbird, Turdus merula, Nerja, Spain

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