Fieldfare

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Fieldfare

©Stefan Johansson

Fieldfare

Scientific name: Turdus pilaris
Often spotted in large flocks, the Fieldfare is an attractive thrush. It is a winter visitor, enjoying the feast of seasonal berries the UK's hedgerows, woodlands and parks have to offer.

Species information

Statistics

Length: 24-26cm
Wingspan: 40cm
Weight: 100g
Average lifespan: 2 years

Conservation status

Classified in the UK as Red under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.

When to see

October to March

About

The Fieldfare is a large, colourful thrush that visits the UK in the winter to feast on berry-laden bushes in hedgerows, woodlands and parks. Fieldfares are sociable birds and can be seen in flocks of more than 200 birds roaming through the countryside. They often venture into gardens when there is snow cover or if it is a severe winter.

How to identify

The Fieldfare has a chestnut-brown back and yellowy breast, streaked with black. It has a black tail, dark wings and pale grey rump and head. It is a little smaller than the similar-looking Mistle Thrush, but quite distinctive.

Distribution

A widespread winter visitor.

Did you know?

Fieldfares will nest in small colonies, giving them greater protection against predators and higher breeding success. They will aggressively defend the nest, often pelting intruders with droppings.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts work closely with farmers and landowners to ensure that our wildlife is protected and to promote wildlife-friendly practices. By working together, we can create Living Landscapes: networks of habitats stretching across town and country that allow wildlife to move about freely and people to enjoy the benefits of nature. Support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.