Sherikana's picture

Mystery itchy bird addenda

Observed: 15th April 2011 By: Sherikana
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Description:

Brown speckled bird - very intensely scratching head and underwing. Much larger than a blackbird, only on bush a moment or two so only just had time to grab camera and snap image.
This was not calm preening, it was clearly suffering severe irritation.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts

Comments

Syrphus's picture

It is a Blackbird (so exactly

It is a Blackbird (so exactly the right size for one!), but an adult female rather than a young bird (and I am not sure why a young bird would be larger than an adult). The 'itching' might have been to do with parasites, but the description seems perfectly good for ordinary preening.

M.

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anonymous spotter's picture

Juveniles often look larger, I think -

because of the plumped-up downy feathers. I can't see the beak very clearly, to see if it still looks "chick-like".
The above comment is probably spot on about the preening, either way.

JamesCommon's picture

I only suggested a juvenile

because of the suggestion that it looked larger than a average Blackbird. That would be due to the downy feathers but after looking again i agree with the previous comment about preening.

James Common
Twitter: @CommonByNature

JamesCommon's picture

I only suggested a juvenile

because of the suggestion that it looked larger than a average Blackbird. That would be due to the downy feathers but after looking again i agree with the previous comment about preening.

James Common
Twitter: @CommonByNature

Sherikana's picture

blackbird

I agree about the look of the feathers as blackbird like, but it was considerably bigger, that is why I was puzzled, and the beak was much fatter than a blackbird beak - pity I couldn't get a better picture before it flew away.