Common Blackbird

The Common Blackbird is a handsome inky black bird, the male has a deep orange to yellow bill, a narrow yellow eye-ring and dark legs. The female Blackbird is a brown bird, with some streaks or mottling, and has a dark bill and legs. Immature birds are similar to the female with lighter underparts.

Breakfast is served. As the rhyme we used to say as children “nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I think I’ll go eat worms” The Common Blackbird manages to stuff enough earthworms into his beak at one time. His other choice of food are some insects, snails and spiders together with a range of seeds and fruit.

The Common Blackbird mainly forages on the ground, probing and scratching at leaf litter, in lawns and in soil. We saw this one in the Woollongong Botanic Gardens.

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