And the bird has an orange crown. Wings were grey - black & chest was speckled gold brown. He was about the size of a sparrow or fantail, and had a black head, black back and light grey front. Dotterels, with shorter beaks, peck near the surface. Thanks for sharing. [8], The Central Asian subspecies, the relatively large intermedius, also differs in structure and voice, and may represent a distinct species. Nice galerie ! [30] Although the species is socially monogamous, there have been studies showing as much as 17% extra-pair paternity. [24] This species is monogamous, and the established pair will usually stay together as long as they both survive. [39][40] However, there is little direct evidence to show that either predation of the adult blackbirds or loss of the eggs and chicks to corvids, such as the European magpie or Eurasian jay, decrease population numbers. In the 9 years I've lived in this house I have never seen this bird. Want to know what type of bird this could be. At least two subspecies, T. m. merula and T. m. nigropileus, will mimic other species of birds, cats, humans or alarms, but this is usually quiet and hard to detect. The common blackbird was described by Carl Linnaeus in his landmark 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae as Turdus merula (characterised as T. ater, rostro palpebrisque fulvis). In this list of the birds of New Zealand, the common name of the bird in New Zealand English is given first, and its Māori-language name, if different, is also noted.. But just as remarkable and unique are the seabirds. [15] The nest is often ill-concealed compared with those of other species, and many breeding attempts fail due to predation. [46] This is partly because it is more difficult for ticks to find another host on lawns and gardens in urban areas than in uncultivated rural areas, and partly because ticks are likely to be commoner in rural areas, where a variety of tick hosts, such as foxes, deer and boar, are more numerous. I live on the Awhitu peninsular. Although blackbirds are probably New Zealand’s most widespread bird, not many people know that only the male (top) is actually black. 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[50] It is thought to spread weeds, such as blackberry, and may compete with native birds for food and nesting sites. [50][52], The introduced common blackbird is, together with the native silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), the most widely distributed avian seed disperser in New Zealand. Mullarney, Killian; Svensson, Lars, Zetterstrom, Dan; Grant, Peter. The nature of the fruit taken depends on what is locally available, and frequently includes exotics in gardens. It is the most common tern found in marshes and creeks in the area. [46] In France, 74% of rural blackbirds were found to be infested with Ixodes ticks, whereas, only 2% of blackbirds living in urban habitats were infested. A few chickadees have come by to eat and occasionally some woodpeckers, otherwise no birds. 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