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Female Blackbird?

Observed: 6th February 2011 By: lynda07lynda07’s reputation in Birdslynda07’s reputation in Birdslynda07’s reputation in Birdslynda07’s reputation in Birds

I think this is a female blackbird, seen in Rufford Park, but I've never noticed the females in my garden having such a mottled breast which is why I'm not 100% sure.

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anonymous spotter's picture

Possibly -

one of last year's youngsters.

lynda07's picture

I must admit it looked more

I must admit it looked more like a juvenile in my book but I assumed it was too late for that so thanks for your comment. Lynda


ophrys's picture


Female Blackbirds are often quite mottled on their breast, like this. It is not indicative of age. I have a regular bird which I first caught and ringed 9 years ago, and it is patterned very much like this.

Young Blackbirds, born last year, will have moulted their body feathers into adult type during their post-juvenile moult, in late Summer and autumn. It is only on their wing and tail that they will retain any paler juvenile feathers.


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