Thursday, 29 October 2009

Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

Latin Etymology: Turdus ("thrush") pilaris ("to deprive of hair" )
Adult Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) at Geddington, Northants - April 2018

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 80-120g  /  Length: 25cm  /  Wingspan: 39-42cm
UK RED LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The fieldfare is the largest British thrush, and possibly also the most noisy - it can often be detected by its rather raucous call, which can often alert you to its presence long before you see them. Unfortunately for the sake of photographing them, it is also the most flighty of all the regular thrushes and will unfortunately most often be seen flying away from calling loudly as it has been disturbed from its perch.  On the plus side, when it does perch it is usually a fairly clear vantage point allowing it to be viewed from larger distances fairly easily. It usually travels in flocks, sometimes up to the hundreds, often mixed with redwing, and is almost exclusively winter visitor.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Subspecies: none - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Occasional breeding species (1-2 pairs) and Common Winter Visitor (720,000 birds)
 - Birds seen at various sites including Rutland WaterRainham Marshes and Geddington.

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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