Common blackbird
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: Turdus merula
The common blackbird, or Turdus merula, is a common sight in Europe and North Africa, whereas back in the 19th century they were a rare bird to see in gardens.


Male common blackbirds are extremely easy birds to recognize, with a plumage of striking black, and a yellow beak and eye rings. The females, on the other hand, are a rather drab brown, with a darker beak - contrary to their name.


Generally the males are talented songsters. Blackbirds are not often, if ever, seen in large flocks, however, couples are sometimes seen together.


Blackbirds are often seen out just after rain, as this is a time when many snails, worms, and even slugs, are around, all three of which are part of the blackbirds diet. Blackbirds will also eat berries and fruit.