Eurasian Blackbird

Turdus merula

(T. m. aterrimus)

Armenian Name: Սև կեռնեխ
Eurasian Blackbird

See Plate 46 for Eurasian Blackbird and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:24-25 cm, Wing Span:34-38.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 255.
Description: Plain dark thrush with yellowish bill.
Adult (Breeding): Male is black with yellow eyering. Female is dark gray-brown with paler throat mottled with brown.
Adult (Non-breeding): Both sexes slightly paler and duller with darker bill.
Juvenile: Reddish-brown body with darker wings and paler underparts mottled yellowish-brown.
Behavior: Runs in short bursts across grass, stopping at intervals to look for food. Often digs noisily through leaves on forest floor. Sings a mellow flute-like song from high in tree.
Habitat: Mixed and deciduous forests, tree plantations, orchards, and parks.
Food: Invertebrates, fruit.
Nest: Cup of dry stems in bush or tree.
Eggs: 29 mm, 3-5, pale green-blue, red-brown spots.