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Fieldfare

(Turdus pilaris)
German name(s): "Wacholderdrossel"
Size: 22-27 cm; wing span: 39-42 cm
Weight: 80-125 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Fieldfare at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Near-lateral view of a male Fieldfare in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male Fieldfare in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a male Fieldfare; note how this bird's plumage and base of the bill are much more conspicuous than seen below, in the accompanying female (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Lateral view of a male Fieldfare in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

FEMALE

BREEDING

Frontal view of a female Fieldfare in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

Near-frontal view of a female Fieldfare in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a female Fieldfare; note how this bird's plumage and base of the bill are much paler than seen above, in the male (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Near-frontal view of a female Fieldfare (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, December 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a female Fieldfare (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, December 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a female Fieldfare (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Pair of Fieldfares; probably the male, in non-breeding plumage, is seen at the top, the female at the bottom
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Sex unknown

Frontal view of an adult Fieldfare; note the all-yellow bill (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Frontal view of a wet Fieldfare (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Fieldfare; note the absence of an ochre chest patch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Fieldfare (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Fieldfare (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Dorsal view of a Fieldfare (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a fledgling Fieldfare (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Breeding information

Breeding season: May - Aug Eggs: 4 - 5 Incubation period: 13 - 14 days Fledging age: 14 - 16 days

The length of the breeding season depends on geographic latitude and may not start before July in northern parts of the range. In the southern parts of their breeding range there may be 2 broods per season. 3-8 eggs can be laid, although usually the clutch size is 4-5.

Nest building: Female Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

Type: Basket Material: Twigs, mud, moss, with grass lining Height above ground: 0 - 2(?) m

Fieldfare nest with (probably) 3 chicks in it (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Closer look at two chicks in a Fieldfare nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Eggs

Size: 29 x 21 mm Colour: Pale blue-grey with, red-brown speckles; or bright blue, with or without speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Food, Diet

Near-lateral view of a male Fieldfare in breeding plumage with its prey, an earthworm (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

Dorsal view of a Fieldfare with food for its chicks, several earthworms (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

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