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Common Name: Fieldfare
Scientific Name: Turdus pilaris

Size: 8.6-11 inches (22-27 cm)

Habitat: Eurasia; northern Europe and Asia. It is strongly migratory, with many northern birds moving south during the winter. It is a very rare breeder in Great Britain and Ireland, but winters in large numbers in these countries. It breeds in woodland and scrub areas.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 45,000,000 - 100,000,000 Mature individuals. In Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate increase. Europe forms 75-94% of the global range.

Diet: Worms and insects.

Breeding: The sexes are similar. The male has a simple chattering song, and a chattering flight and alarm call. It nests in trees, laying several eggs in a neat nest. Unusually for a thrush, they often nest in small colonies, possibly for protection from large crows. Migrating birds and wintering birds often form large flocks, often with Redwings.

Cool Facts: The English common name “fieldfare” dates back to at least the eleventh century. The Anglo-Saxon word “feldefare” which meant traveler through the fields.

Fieldfares nest in colonies which offers good defense against predators. In the BBC series “Life of the Birds (with David Attenborough)”, fieldfares are shown mobbing a raven. After driving the raven to the ground, the fieldfares bombard the raven with their droppings. This practice water-logs the predators’ feathers turning it into prey as well.

Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 2

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