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Fieldfare Bird

Identification of Fieldfare Bird

Fieldfare Bird 1 Length: 22-27cm Wingspan: 39-42cm Call: "schakk schakk schakk"

Fieldfare bird is a long-tailed thrush with a black tail and a blue-grey rump, which is particularly noticeable in flight along with the white underwing coverts that flash as it flies. The head and nape are grey, with blackish lores and a yellow-based bill, and the mantle is a dull reddish-brown. The underparts of fieldfare bird are white, narrowly streaked on the throat but more heavily streaked and spotted on the breast, which is richly suffused with rusty-orange. The flanks are finely and regularly spotted.

Habitat of Fieldfare Bird

Fieldfare bird Breeds across Scandinavia and central Europe eastwards, and is essentially a winter visitor to Britain, often occurring in sizeable flocks. It nests in forest and woodland, favouring alder, birch, pine and spruce, often where open, and also in montane scrub, parks, gardens, hedges and riverine belts of trees. In winter it is most commonly found in farmland with rough fields and berry-bearing hedges, but will visit parks and larger gardens.

Song / Call of Fieldfare Bird

Fieldfare Bird 2

The song of fieldfare bird is a rather strangled, high-pitched, scratchy warbling, sounding more like an undeveloped sub-song and lacking any fluty tones. Phrases can last 2-6 seconds, or be delivered as a continuous squeaky monologue for longer periods. It is more emphatic when delivered in a song flight, when the bird flies level with slow deliberate wingbeats, singing a faster warbling mixed with excited chattering. The call is a low cackling and chacking note, repeated two or four times, variable in pitch and with a loose liquid quality, as in "schakk schakk schakk" or "trrruc trrruc trrruc". Migrants calling in flight often introduce a single high squeaky note. On their breeding grounds Fieldfares give a faster and more excited chatter in alarm, akin to the call of the Mistle Thrush.