Common Blackbird
Turdus merula

– medium-sized passerine
– nocturnal migrant, local diurnal movements
– migrates singly, may flock at dawn

BIF122_MPU_I1Q9358_121024_cbbird_male_1W_d_north-sea
Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, M 1CY
BIF0122, 24/10/2012, North Sea, offshore, Germany, Mathias Putze
BIF302_MPU_I1Q6246_141127_cbbird_male_1W_d_wallendorf
Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, M 1CY
BIF0302, 27/11/2014, Wallendorfer Kiesgruben, Germany, Mathias Putze
BIF303_MPU_I1Q6253_141127_bbird_male_1W_d_wallendorf
Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, M 1CY
BIF0303, 27/11/2014, Wallendorfer Kiesgruben, Germany, Mathias Putze
BIF304_MPU_I1Q6257_141127_bbird_male_1W_d_wallendorf
Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, M 1CY
BIF0304, 27/11/2014, Wallendorfer Kiesgruben, Germany, Mathias Putze


Common Blackbird Turdus m, merula, calls during migration
BIF0123, 21/11/2012, Baltic Sea, offshore, Germany, Patrick Franke
Neumann KM184


Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, calls during migration
BIF0124, 21/11/2012, Baltic Sea, offshore, Germany, Patrick Franke
Neumann KM184


Redwing Turdus i. iliacus, calls during migration
Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, calls during migration
BIF1145, 02/11/2010, Altenfeld, Germany, Patrick Franke
Telinga parabolic reflector
some slower modulated Redwing calls (4.6sec) may sound surprisingly similar, but Common Blackbird calls usually less descending in frequency, slower modulated and clearly audible and visible two-voice


Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, calls during migration
BIF1146, 20/12/2016, Greifswalder Oie, Germany, Patrick Franke
Telinga parabolic reflector
note great variability due to different distance to the microphone


Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, F AD, calls during migration
BIF1147, 28/12/2011, Greifswalder Oie, Germany, Patrick Franke
Telinga parabolic reflector


Common Blackbird Turdus m. merula, calls during migration
BIF1149, 30/09/2012, Mühlheim, Germany, Patrick Franke
Telinga parabolic reflector

comparison species:
Ring Ouzel (v)
Fieldfare (v)
Song Thrush (v)
Redwing (v) (a)
Mistle Thrush (v)
European Robin (a)

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