Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

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What Does The redwing Look Like ?

Has a cream stripe over the eye and a black moustached stripe, the flanks and underwings have a chestnut red apearance . Sexes similar

How Big Is It ?

Aprox 21 cm , weighing 65 g

Where does it live?

Birch woods and Mixed coniferous wood

Scottish birds have nested in large gardens, hedgerows, oakwoods, birchwoods and conifer plantations


Hedges, especially hawthorn and orchards are favourite habitats when birds first arrive for the winter. Short pasture, ploughed fields and playing fields are occupied later in the winter. Parks and large gardens will also attract birds.

When does it Breed ?

May to July , 5 - 6 eggs, Incubation 12 - 13 days , young fledging at 14 days, Double Brooded nests in Trees and Bushes.

Where to see it

In Britain Sept - April .In open countryside it likes hedges and orchards as well as open, grassy fields. Will come to parks and gardens. Often joins with flocks of fieldfares.

What does it eat?

Berries and worms snails

What does it sound like?

A thin 'seep' call; a weak song with three or four fluty notes

When to see it

Migrants arrive from September, with most in October and November. They leave again in March and April, although occasionally birds stay later.