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FF 031 ~ Fieldfare~

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Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

 

The Fieldfare is a member of the thrush family Turdidae. It breeds in woodland and scrub in Scandinavia and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic States and is a winter visitor to Britain, although it has been known to breed here. They flock together, often with Redwings (another Scandinavian thrush) and, as do most thrushes, they feed on a wide range of insects and earthworms in the summer and berries in the winter.

 

At 22 – 27 cm long they are one of the largest of our thrushes exceeded only in size by the Mistle Thrush. Conversely its associate, the Redwing, is the smallest thrush.

 

The Fieldfare can be recognised by its white underwings (which show well in flight) and its grey head and rump. The breast has an orange/red flush whilst the rest of the underparts are white. The breast and flanks are heavily spotted and both sexes are similar. The Fieldfare will often adopt the drooping wing posture shown in my shot.

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Taken on February 11, 2012