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fieldfare fact sheet
One of the larger thrushes, slightly bigger than a blackbird
- Characteristic blue-grey head and rump
- Chestnut back
- White underwing flashes show in flight
- Commonest call is “chack, chack, chack” in flight -click on the recording below to listen:
Look for them in single-species flocks or with redwings. Open country, fields, hedges and orchards throughout the UK, and gardens when weather is hard.
When to look for
Fabulous fieldfare facts
- Robert Marsham, in his notes on birds written the late 1700s, notes that fieldfares 'taste very bitter'
- They are very social birds, spending the winter in flocks of anything from a dozen to several hundred strong
- They feed on insects, worms and berries - hawthorn hedges are a favourite feeding area
- The RSPB estimates that there are 720,000 fieldfares overwintering in the UK (here from November to March)