About the Blackbird

Also known as: Common Blackbird, Eurasian Blackbird

The Blackbird is a thrush that lives in Europe, Asia and North Africa. It has also been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. Males are all black with yellow bills, while females and young are mostly brown. The Blackbird is a common backyard bird in Europe and has a melodious song. Depending on latitude, the Blackbird may be resident, partially migratory or fully migratory.

Both sexes are territorial on the breeding grounds, with distinctive threat displays, but are more gregarious during migration and in wintering areas. Pairs will stay in their territory throughout the year where the climate is sufficiently temperate.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 February 2008
Scientific Name
Turdus merula
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Turdus
  • T. merula
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9.25 to 11.4 inches
2.8 to 4.4 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Kos černý
Danish (Dansk) Solsort
Dutch (Nederlands) Merel
Finnish (Suomi) Mustarastas
French (Français) Merle Noir
German (Deutsch) Amsel
Italian (Italiano) Merlo
Japanese (日本語) クロウタドリ (Kuroutadori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Svarttrost
Polish (Polski) Kos
Russian (русский язык) дрозд
Spanish (Español) Mirlo Común / Tordo
Swedish (Svenska) Koltrast
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