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Blackbird chicken; Pollo de Mirlo

Turdus merula


Juvenile. The Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a species of true thrush. Juveniles have a plumage brown-grey similar to females, but spotted of color beige in the chest and in the lower part of the body. The male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich melodious song; the adult female has mainly dark brown plumage. 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. This common and conspicuous species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its song.


Brambles and bushes


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/200 sec.; f/7.1; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No Flash fired

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O Saviñao, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 5, 2016
Submitted on Feb 7, 2017

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